The Special Needs Kids Fishing Tournament was this past weekend. We had over 50 boats come out to take special needs children fishing. This would be the first time for many of the children. We met at Ft. Desoto Park Boat ramp at 8am and proceeded to load children up on the boats for a 2 hour fishing trip. We had the Fire Department, Eckerd College Ec-Sar and Coast Guard on point to help with not only keeping everyone safe but teaching safety to the parents and guardians.
The children fished, drove boats and had fun in the sun! It is amazing to see the smiles of the innocent – truly grateful for the experience. After fishing we all came back to a cook out of hotdogs and hamburgers provided by Winn Dixie and cooked by none other than our Vice President Dan Casey – with the help of his crew at Snappers Sea Grill.
Award time was exciting! Congressman David Jolly joined our president Tom Verdensky and handed out trophies to each child. YES, everyone wins at this tournament. Goody bags and fishing rods were given as prizes, but for some it was all about the trophy. This day is about giving back. This is a moment these kids will never forget!
City of Madeira Beach, Winn Dixie, Snappers Sea Grill, Gee & Sorenson Funeral Home, McQueen & Sidell LLP
This day would not be possible without the help of these volunteers and fishing teams:
Andy Minahan – Catch 22; Rick Sorenson – Boatacious; Kathe Tupin-Fannon; David Lacey – Cat Sass; Nate Weissman ; Jason Meder; Hunter Koch – Hi Flu Tin; Kris Greene; Stephen Wheeldon – Big Blue; Bob Strawhecker – Debt Finder; Lance Leger – Naked Turtle; Ryan Farner – Team Central Marine; Carl Turner – Poker Snaper; John Jacobs – King Me; Rodney Heet – Blue Hawaiian II; Ron Morris – Aces and Kings; Patrick Anderson; Kevin Carlan – Mastry Engine; Eric Bachnik – L&S Baits; Bill Moan; Alex Fernandez – Miss Sophia; Capt. Ryan Harrington – Reel Estate; Adam Ehrsam – Woundtight; Jose Borrego – Flatliner Adventures; Pro Marine 1 – Ron; Robbie Mcranie – Crap Happens; Paul Delaney – Keys Kat; Tim Cotte; Bill Shivers; Randy Keys; Suzie/Dalton Bristol; Dennis Cline – Battle Axe; Capt. Doug Hall; Chase Lammert; Tommy Butler & John Fidi