9th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament Reels in $40,000 for Hospice of Palm Beach County
West Palm Beach, FL (August 2008)…… The 9th annual Horizons Fishing Tournament to benefit Hospice of Palm Beach County’s John J. Brogan Horizons Bereavement Center’s children’s programs was held recently with more than 165 boats competing for approximately $30,000 in cash and prizes in this year’s kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, snapper/grouper tournament.
Matthew Booth caught a 46.6 pound Wahoo on the boat Gold Digger to win the grand prize for largest KDW overall, receiving $2,500 cash and marine equipment valued at $7,500. The 1st place winners of each category were: Dolphin, 29.4 pounds caught by Thomas Barnes on the Shamako; Wahoo, 38.3 lb. caught by Christopher Anderson on the Dirty Fishing/Plumbers Crack; Kingfish, 41.9 lb. caught by Kelly Whitaker on the Catch One; Snapper/Grouper, 10.5 lb. caught by Marcy Debrowski on the Jeet Yet; and in the Junior Division, a 23.5 lb. Kingfish caught by F. Declan Jolowski on the Head First. The Most Donated Fish (in weight) was 190 pounds caught by Brian Chrzanoloski on the Double Time.
"This year’s tournament raised over $40,000. We are so thankful to the more than 420 anglers who competed this year," said Lauryn Barry, Tournament Chairman.
Committee members included: Leonard Bryant, Bob Gregory, Grant Gyland, Jessica Gyland, Steve Gyland, Willie McDow, Gary Nagle, Denise Nagle, Kim Valestin, and Mark Wodlinger. Participants enjoyed the Captains’ Meeting prior to the tournament with great food provided by Park Avenue BBQ, and following the tournament J.D. from WIRK 107.9 FM emceed the Awards Ceremony, while Mickey J Mobile Disc Jockey kept the crowd entertained and dinner was catered by Outback Steakhouse. Fish caught and donated during the tournament were given to Cod and Capers, a Palm Beach Gardens specialty seafood market, which then donated the more than $3,000 raised from the sale of the fish to Hospice of Palm Beach County.
The tournament was sponsored by the City of Riviera Beach, Riviera Beach Marina, Cod & Capers Seafood Market, D.S. Eakins Construction Corporation, Grand Slam Castaways KDW Tournament and Offshore Connection. Media sponsors include The Palm Beach Post, ESPN Radio 760, and WIRK.
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