New York Marine Rescue Center Receives Customized Land Rover Defender

On February 18, 2022, New York Marine Rescue Center of Riverhead, NY received a customized Land Rover Defender for winning the Coastal & Marine Conservation category in the Land Rover ‘Defender Above and Beyond Service Awards.’ At the Land Rover Southampton retail location, the local Riverhead charity was recognized for its work to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including rescue, rehabilitation, education, and research.

Inspired by the endless acts of service across the U.S. from extraordinary citizens this past year, Land Rover, launched the ‘Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards’ to celebrate U.S.-based charitable organizations that are making a positive impact in their local community. To honor the 70-year history of the brand, Land Rover will award a specially outfitted New Defender SUV to seven organizations to help further their charitable efforts.

“We are thrilled to deliver customized Defender vehicles to the winners of the ‘The Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards’ who embody the spirit of Land Rover and can put their new vehicles to use in their communities,” said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “Across seven decades, Land Rover vehicles have earned a unique place in the hearts of humanitarian agencies across the world. The Defender continues this legacy and maintains its standing as a vehicle purpose-built for service.”

For information on the Land Rover ‘Defender Above and Beyond Service Awards,’ please visit: or follow @LandRoverUSA on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

About Land Rover: Founded in 1948, Land Rover designs and engineers its vehicles in the United Kingdom. For over 70 years the brand has built a reputation for providing its clientele with some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world; whether driving through the heart of the city or traversing the countryside on- and off-road. Today’s Land Rover lineup includes the Defender; Discovery and Discovery Sport; Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rover is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Land Rover website at

About New York Marine Rescue Center: The New York Marine Rescue Center is a rescue and rehabilitation organization that promotes marine conservation. Our mission is to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including rescue, rehabilitation, education and research. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are the primary responders for sick or injured seals, sea turtles, dolphins, porpoises and small toothed whales, and maintain the only marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation center in New York State.