2013 Tournament Recap: Fish for a Cure Reels in $230,000 for the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Foundation
In its most successful event to date, Fish for a Cure’s 6thAnnual Tournament reeled in more than $230,000 for the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Foundation. Once again, funds will directly benefit patient support for the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute – bringing Fish for a Cure’s cumulative donations to $600,000.
Specifically, the money raised from the 2013 tournament has gone directly to the DeCesaris Institute’s Survivorship Program, where it is funding two staff positions: a survivorship coordinator/nurse navigator and a nutrition counselor. An extremely valuable part of AAMC, the Survivorship Program provides a range of programs and support to help patients manage their unique needs and challenges after cancer treatment.
Tori Bayless, president and CEO of AAMC, said, “Once again, Fish for a Cure has gone above and beyond to show their support for Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at AAMC. Their generous donation benefits so many in our community by supporting access to advanced screenings, therapies and technology and the most skilled physicians, nurses and staff. Fish for a Cure has directly touched thousands of cancer patients from across the region that deserve the best available care, close to home, and it demonstrates that impact that a group can have in providing vital support for healthcare in our community.”
Held Saturday, Nov. 2 – a day participants described as a beautiful and sunny – the 2013 Fish for a Cure Tournament not only achieved a record-setting number of donations, but also registered growth numbers across the board: 52 boats, 200+ anglers, 400+ party-goers, and 39 sponsors. In addition, the winner of the Captain’s Challenge fundraising portion of the event, Captain David Jenkins and the crew of Luki Belle, raised $20,384 – the most ever raised by a single boat.
“It has been incredible to see Fish for a Cure continue to grow every year, as we move even closer to meeting our $1 million fundraising pledge,” said Greg Lilly, chairman of Fish for a Cure’s board of directors. “We are grateful for the steadfast support of our community, donors, sponsors, friends and family who have helped advance our cause and strive to truly make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.”
The 2014 Fish for a Cure Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 8, with the Captain’s Meeting set for Nov. 5.
Captain’s Challenge Results
1st – Captain David Jenkins, Luki Belle – $20,384
2nd – Captain Scott Swidersky, Plan A – $20,050
3rd – Captains Rob Schurr and Tom George, Just in Time – $15,938
Fishing Tournament Results
1st – Captain Cyrus Lashgari, OSMC, 18.0-lb. rockfish
2nd – Captain Steve Linard, Hot Tuna, 14.35-lb. rockfish
3rd – Captain Mike Cassidy, Bluejay, 13.8-lb. rockfish
Heaviest String of Perch and Grand Slam – Captain John Page Williams, First Light