The tournament was at the Causeway Cove Marina in FortÂ Pierce. It included both inshore and offshore fishing with prizes awarded in several categories. Video by TCPalm.com. Photos provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. Treasure Coast Newspapers
A boat load of smiles is the best way to describe members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County during the inauguralÂ Fishing for Futures tournament.
Almost 40 members enjoyed a boat ride aboard the charter boat Fort Pierce Lady, courtesy of the Children Services Council of St. Lucie County.
The Children Services Council 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.
â€śLook at those smiles! This is why we do events like this,â€ť saidÂ Will Armstead, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs. â€śMany 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.â€ť
The tournament was at the Causeway Cove Marina in FortÂ 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 ofÂ TRM Construction ManagementÂ and his team have already begun planning the 2019 Fishing for Futures tournament. Title sponsor, the Law Office of Villafranco & Garcia also committed to supporting next yearâ€™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 theÂ 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 the agency theÂ most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.Â With 19Â locations throughout the county, the Boys & Girls Clubs programs serve a diverse group of children,Â age 5 to 18. The 3,000 members come from a variety of backgrounds. Contact the club by calling 772-460-9918, visiting www.bgcofslc.org or atÂ www.facebook.com/bgcofslc.
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