A boat load of smiles is the best way to describe members of the Boys & Girls Club during the 1st Annual Fishing for Futures Tournament. Almost 40 members enjoyed a boat ride aboard the charter boat Fort Pierce Lady, courtesy of the Children Services Council.
The CSC sponsored morning and afternoon fishing trips to accommodate the club members. In addition to the excitement of being on a large charter boat, many of the young people caught their first fish.
“Look at those smiles! This is why we do events like this,” stated Will Armstead, CEO of BGCSLC. “Many of our club members have never been on a boat. Many have never been fishing. Thanks to our sponsors and great community support, these kids were able to enjoy a very special day.”
The tournament was held at the Causeway Cove Marina in Ft. Pierce. It included both inshore and offshore fishing with prizes awarded in several categories. The biggest fish of the day, a 27.4 pound Kingfish was caught by T.J. Keifer and Tony Vercillo earning them top prize.
Event founder, Rick Miller (TRM Construction Management) and his team have already begun planning for the 2019 Fishing for Futures tournament. Title sponsor, the Law Office of Villafranco & Garcia are also committed to supporting next year’s event.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth with a world class Boys & Girls Club experience, assuring that success is within reach for every young person who walks through our doors, and that every Club member graduates high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living healthy lifestyles. The Club enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
With nineteen locations throughout the county, the Boys & Girls Clubs programs serve a diverse group of kids age 5-18. The 3,000 members come from a variety of backgrounds. Contact the Club by calling (772) 460-9918, visiting www.bgcofslc.org or by liking us at www.facebook.com/bgcofslc.