Fish For a Cure celebrates 10th anniversary with a new million dollar pledge, a new partnership, and a new venue
Oct 26, 2016 01:50PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
Photo Courtesy of Fish For A Cure
Annapolis, MD - “We are not content to ride our current wave of success, we want to make bigger waves; we want to help more people, touch more lives.” Greg Lilly, Fish For a Cure Chairman of the Board.
2016 marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Fish For a Cure (F4AC) history. With a brand new pledge to raise yet another million dollars for the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) and with Eastport Yacht Club as a new partner, the organization is confident - and enthusiastic - to raise more funds in record time.
In 2015, Annapolis based grassroots nonprofit Fish For a Cure raised a cumulative one million dollars for direct patient support at AAMC’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Though the organization is celebrating their 10th Anniversary, a bulk of the million was raised in 5 short years. “We’ve had 10 successful rockfish tournaments and 10 awesome parties; we’re changing it up this year and looking to the future” explained Greg Lilly.
Fish For a Cure is run almost completely by volunteers including an all volunteer Board of Directors. Traditionally 100% of all Captain’s Challenge funds are donated directly to AAMC’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Yearly donations fund vital programs such as Nurse Navigators, nutrition and social work positions. These programs provide direct support, hope and peace of mind to cancer patients and their families during and after treatments. F4AC’s most recent annual donations range from $200,000 to $300,000.
This year’s rockfish tournament weigh-in and Shore Party will be held at the Eastport Yacht Club for the first time this year. This exciting change of venue offers many benefits to attendees: more docking space for anglers, easier boat access, facilities for anglers to freshen up and spectacular water views of downtown Annapolis as a backdrop for the Shore Party.
This year’s Rockfish Tournament and Shore Party will be held on Saturday November 5th. Boat registration is already open and Shore Party tickets are on sale at www.fishforacure.org
About Fish For a CureSince its inception in 2007, Fish for a Cure has seen an impressive average growth of 53% each year in fundraising. Having fulfilled their original one million dollar pledge to Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and DeCesaris Cancer Center in 2015, Fish For a Cure is now excited to partner with Eastport Yacht Club and sign a new one million dollar pledge.
Fish For a Cure began as a casual fishing tournament among friends and business colleagues but quickly turned into a more serious fundraiser after a F4AC founder’s wife was diagnosed with cancer. Following her diagnosis, Fish For a Cure was born and with it, a mission to help those in the community battling cancer.
2016 Tournament:Join Fish For a Cure for its 10th Annual Fishing Tournament! Prizes for heaviest rockfish, heaviest string of perch and for catching any three unique species - also a NEW catch and release division for 2016! Fish the Chesapeake Bay all day, weigh in at Eastport Yacht Club. F4AC raises funds for Anne Arundel Medical Center's Geaton and DeCesaris Cancer Institute - specifically direct patient support and survivorship programs.
2016 Shore Party at EYC:Join Fish For a Cure for their 10th Annual Shore Party at Eastport Yacht Club. Enjoy 3 open bars, a high end buffet, music by Dan Hass, dancing and silent auctions - all with stunning waterfront views of Annapolis. The evening culminates with the announcement of the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge winner. The champion boat crew will receive their F4AC jackets and takes their place on the new Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge Cup.
Fish For a Cure - now in partnership with EYC - raises funds for Anne Arundel Medical Center's Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute - specifically direct patient support and survivorship programs.
The Shore Party is becoming a 'must attend' event often with tickets selling out several weeks prior to the event. Don’t miss the party, get your tickets today!