2012 Fish'n for the Cause
$20,000 Raised for Hometown Heroes & Restore the Shore
and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center during
2nd Annual Clarks Landing Fish'N for the Cause Tournament
(Point Pleasant, NJ) - The 2nd annual Clarks Landing Fish'N for the Cause fluke, bluefish and striped bass fishing tournament was a huge success, raising $20,000.00 to benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Hometown Heroes, Restore the Shore. Additionally, upwards of 150 lbs. of fresh fillets were given to Lunch Break Soup Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ, from the fish caught during the tournament and donated by the participating anglers.
Fish'N for the Cause, a fun-filled family charity fundraiser with prize awards for all 3 species of fish and a separate children's division, took place June 7 thru 9, 2013. Over 100 anglers of all ages participated in this year's event. The winners were as follows:
1st Place Fluke Captain Larry Downs, Cream Ridge, NJ 8.9 lbs.
1st Place Bluefish Captain Bob Angelini, Yardville, NJ 15.8 lbs.
1st Place Striped Bass Captain Mark Crescenzo, Brick, NJ 35.8 lb s.
2nd Place Fluke Captain Phil Pelligra, Hackettstown, NJ 4.1 lbs.
2nd Place Bluefish Captain Anthony O'Donnell, Brick, NJ 14.2 lbs.
2nd Place Striped Bass Captain Rich O'Rourke, Maywood, NJ 27.2 lbs.
Combined Catch Award Fluke Captain Larry Downs 12.4 lbs.
Combined Catch Award Bluefish Captain Bob Angelini 30.2 lbs.
Combined Catch Award Striped Bass Captain Mark Crescenzo 65.1 lbs.
Fluke Maggie Dowsn 12 yrs. Old 2.3 lbs.
Striped Bass Kyle Schneider 9 yrs. Old 18.5 lbs.
Bluefish Quinn Cali 7 yrs. Old (there was not Bluefish weighed in for children so as per the Tournament Rules, a drawing was held)
"We're thrilled with the turnout, participation and support of this year's tournament," said George Truesdale, owner of Clarks Landing. "The anglers and attendees did so much to support these important charities. Clarks Landing is honored to help make it all possible," he added.
The tournament finale, which was expanded this year to include a 50/50 raffle and gift auction encompassing donated prizes valued at over $12,000.00, was celebrated with the awards barbeque which began at 3:00PM on Sunday. All the anglers, sponsors, guests, volunteers along with family and friends enjoyed traditional bar-b-q cuisine while the band "Don't Know Jack" from the Jersey Shore donated their time and talents to perform for over 3 hours during the festivities. On hand for the kids was a face painter and balloon animals, cotton candy and popcorn machines. For dessert, "The Cake Boss" in Hoboken, NJ donated a beautifully decorated and tasty cake creation.
Through the entry fees and generous donations of many sponsors, FISH 'N FOR THE CAUSE Tournament doubled the amount from last year's fundraiser for a total $20,000.00. The 2013 recipients, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Hometown Heroes-Restore the Shore were each given a check for $10,000.00. Accepting on behalf of Hometown Heroes was President, Mike Schwartz. Jim Foglio of Brielle, NJ, himself a cancer survivor, spoke on behalf of Sloan Kettering. Lunch Break was represented by Executive Director, Gwen Love.