20th Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby Presented by: The Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club
The Sea Shell is currently planning its 20th Annual Striped Bass Fishing Derby. The dates are October 28th, 29th, and 30th . Last year’s event was another success, featuring some exceptional striper fishing, and a whole lot of fun for all who were here. We registered 76 boats and nearly 300 anglers, and it was very encouraging to see some really big stripers weighed in. I don’t believe we ever had such a large amount of really big fish weighed. Most importantly, we raised $19,000.00, which was split between David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center
Our goals for this event are to provide yet another reason for people to frequent our island during the fall season, to provide a venue for boat fishermen, and most importantly, to provide funds for worthwhile local non-profit organizations and noteworthy community projects. To date, our Derby has generated nearly $300,000.00 for local non-profits. This year’s derby will benefit: David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation I know what you are thinking, “didn’t we donate half of last year’s money to David’s Dream and Believe”, you bet we did, and we are proud of it. We are so impressed with the work that these great people are doing right here in our community, that we feel compelled to reach out and help them again this year. I guarantee that someone you know has been helped by this wonderful organization. This is a fabulous cause, one that each and every one of us should be proud to support. I know that I am.
David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation was established by David Caldarella, founder and Stage IV cancer survivor in 2010. The Foundation has committed all of its resources to the community in the fight against cancer, and is unique in its dedication to assisting families through financial assistance for medical bills, groceries, transportation, housing costs & utilities, as well as emotional support from Founder David Caldarella himself. Since 2010, DDBCF has distributed in excess of $450,000.00 to over 600 local families through community support, annual events, donations & planned giving, all have been extremely important in their mission as a “Beacon of Hope.” In addition to making the difference of a lifetime, the Foundation has been fortunate to foster relationships with the youth community through Generation Dream & the Service Learning Program at Stockton University. David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises funds to provide financial assistance, services and HOPE to families, affected by a cancer diagnosis. We thank those of you who supported last year’s event, and urge those who are not involved to join our charitable efforts. We appreciate your belief in the benefit of our hosting such an event in this area. We further hope that you will be generous and continue your support for this fun and worthwhile fishing tournament. Remember, every single dollar donated goes directly to David’s Dream and Believe. The derby itself is self-sufficient, and pays for itself through the fishermen’s registration fees. This event will cover the entire weekend, and has generated much interest in our island and in the sponsoring businesses. I will be stopping by interested businesses with a poster for you to display in your window. Please send your donation, with the sponsor form, to my attention at the Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club. Please get involved and be generous. Thank you for your consideration.
Tom Hughes, Derby Coordinator
Harvey Kelsall, Bob Smith, Rich Conaway, Rich Ferguson, Jim Kelly, David Cowles; Derby Committee