The Labor Day Tournament at the Orange Beach Marina, hosted by the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club, was a smashing success! Over 90 boats and literally hundreds of skilled fisherman participated, competing for a handsome pool of prize money. This was Reel Life Adventures' sport fishing tournament debut, and the folks at the MBGFC were gracious enough to allow us to have a presence at their event.
Our booth came together nicely, and consistently attracted steady crowds. Reynolds Whatley joined me to distribute hats and t-shirts, which gave us the opportunity to share with many people the unique purpose of our organization. Several people made donations, while others expressed an interest in joining us on an upcoming "adventure trip." The folks at the MBGFC were very supportive, and the facilities were fantastic! This was truly a first class operation, and were honored to be invited to come again in the future!
The weekend started on Friday afternoon with Jim Whitten of AFTCO Bluewater paying us a visit in support of our efforts. Jim's assistance in setting up our display, along with AFTCO's support and encouragement are genuinely appreciated. Soon thereafter, the crowds began to roll in, and everyone enjoyed a fantastic dinner before the boats left the docks to begin the tournament later that evening. Two days later, the final weigh-ins began as crowds watched the boats arrive and display their bounty. Several marlin were put on the scale, with first place going to a fish which weighed close to 550 lbs! Other prizes were awarded to anglers bringing in the top tuna, wahoo, and dolphin.
Following an awards breakfast on Monday morning, the event began to draw to a close. We were blessed to generate interest from several folks in joining us on an upcoming "Adventure Trip." Donations totalled enough to cover our cost on the hats and t-shirts, and our cause seemed to be very well received.
Next up... our email fundraiser!
Please contact Michael O'Neal at (205) 370-1827 if you are interested in helping us send emails to generate support for our orphanage project and humanitarian work.by Michael O'Neal