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MBF raises $122K at fishing tourney

More than $122,000 was raised during the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc.’s 22nd Annual El Pescado Billfish

1st Place Winner at El Pescado Fishing Tourney

 Tournament and Fish-N-Chips Marina Casino event at Camachee Cove in St. Augustine, Fla. During the event, a tournament record 194 sailfish were released, resulting in more than $100,000 awarded in prize money. Proceeds from the event contribute to the foundation’s continuing mission to educate Florida’s teachers, students and their parents on safety from all forms of child abuse, bullying and neglect.

 “This year’s tournament was a huge success,” said Dennis Rosa, co-director of the El Pescado Billfish Tournament. “Because of the strong participation, we have raised a tournament record of more than $122,000 for the Monique Burr Foundation in support of its mission of preventing child abuse.”

 The two-day El Pescado tournament was held at Camachee Cove at the Marlin Club in St. Augustine, Fla. The Ohana, a 66-foot Spencer Yacht owned by Ed Burr, founder of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, won 1st Place Overall Team with a total purse of more than $40,000. Floridian, owned by Matthew Cain, took 2nd Place Overall Team, and Grand Slam, a 54-foot Spencer Yacht owned by Wallis Higginbotham, won 3rd Place Overall Team. After receiving their trophy, first place team, Ohana, donated its winnings back to the foundation.

 Additional awards included the Top Angler, which went to Cody Moore of the Lor-A-Di, and Top Junior Angler, which was awarded to Garrison Burr of Ohana.  This year’s event also featured a new Outboard division, where Four Reel, a 36-foot Yellowfin Yacht owned by Curtis Engler, won Top Overall Team. Peterbrooke, a 34-foot Yellowfin Yacht with angler Hunter Brant, took 2nd Place Overall Team in the Outboard Division, and Fishin’ Cove, owned by Danny Perna, won 3rd Place Overall Team.

 In conjunction with the 22nd Annual El Pescado Billfish Tournament, the Monique Burr Foundation hosted the second annual Fish-N-Chips Marina Casino event, which drew approximately 300 attendees and included casino-style games as well as the unique “Ladies Tackle Box” featuring shopping opportunities with local artists who support the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc.

 “I would like to congratulate our participants for their outstanding sportsmanship and involvement in this year’s tournament,” Rosa said. “The generous support of our teams, sponsors and guests allowed us to raise a generous amount of money for the foundation and we look forward to continuing the tradition with next year’s El Pescado Billfish Tournament.”

 All proceeds from the fishing tournament and coinciding Fish-N-Chips Marina Casino event benefit the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc.

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