History Fort Lauderdale Honors Frank + Gertrude Denison

February 21, 2020 11:28 am

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm

History Fort Lauderdale, a proud steward of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, will host its 25th annual History Makers fundraiser.

Indulge in craft cocktails, chef curated bites from local signature restaurants and live entertainment. Enjoy a special presentation as History Fort Lauderdale unveils plans for a permanent maritime exhibit to be hosted at its historic museum.

This year’s honorees are The Denison Family (Broward Marine), Broward County yachting industry forerunners, who will receive a History Makers Pioneer Family Award and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), which will be honored with a Legacy Business Award for its 60 years of industry and service. These honorees will be recognized for their tremendously positive impact on the growth of the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Superyacht Village
2150 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Broward 495 Launch

The Denison’s company, Broward Marine, and its workforce, were largely responsible for much of the marine industry that developed over the course of their 50 years of yacht construction that started on the south fork of the New River in Fort Lauderdale. In 1948, on their honeymoon, Frank and Gertrude Denison decided to buy a boat yard on the New River and shortly, thereafter, became the largest employer in Broward County, as well as the largest defense contractor in Florida.

Broward Marine Largest Yacht Boat Builders

The contracts they secured for the construction of US Navy minesweepers during this time period led to the construction of large motor yachts. The Denison’s yachting business, launched in the early 1950s with the construction of the largest yacht built in the US, post WWII, the ALISA V, eventually led them to become most prolific large yacht builder in the world in 1993. The first of only two yacht builders in the US to have received this recognition. Learn more about Denison’s family history or watch the video documentary.

Tickets for this year’s 25th anniversary History Makers fundraiser can be purchased online.

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