On November 12, 2015, the 501c3 non-profit environmental organization, Anglers for Conservation (AFC) held a fundraiser called Protect Our Waters. AFC is known in Brevard County and Central Florida for their stewardship for protecting the Indian River Lagoon.
During the last 20 years as the population of Brevard County increased, the health of Indian and Banana Rivers and the Mosquito Lagoon became more threatened. Along with the increase in population comes the increase in the number of single and multi-family homes that were built. More homes mean more lawns. More lawns mean more fertilized sprayed on those lawn. When it rains and it does a lot here in the summer means more fertilizer runoff into the Indian and Banana Rivers and the Mosquito Lagoon. fertilizer runoff is the slow death of any aquatic waters.
One of the missions of Anglers for Conservation is to help protect the Indian and Banana Rivers and the Mosquito Lagoon. They do this by 1) having workshops to educate the residents of Brevard County on how to protect these three valuable recreation waters and 2) hold yearly trash pickup along the banks of these three great water recreation areas.
The work that the AFC volunteers do is very valuable and does not come free. AFC conducts many fund raisers each year. One of these is Protect Our Waters. This year the annual fundraiser party was held at the Brevard Zoo Nyami Nyami River Lodge. This fundraise benefited all AFC’s education programs and community projects.
The masters of ceremony for the event were John “BooDreaux” Baumann, Steve Chapman and Mike Ortego, hosts of the Fishing Florida Radio show. Entertainment during the evening was provided by “Control This”. The fundraise party was catered by Renaissance Catering.
The evening was divided into four segments.
1. Cocktail Hour and silent auction,
2. A Buffet Dinner,
3. Live Auction and the
4. Linda Goode Conservation Award ceremony.
The cocktail hour was sponsored by the Fish on Fire Restaurant in Orlando. Progressive Insurance Company sponsored the Desserts. And the deserts were great. Modern Woodmen of America sponsored a beach weekend getaway raffle to help raise money . Bass Pro Shops was a table sponsor and TD Bank and The Ullian Realty Corporation were silent auction sponsors. The media sponsors for the evening were Blue Turtle News, Coastal Angler Magazine, and Fishing Florida Radio. To round out the evening Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop was the award sponsor.
The buffet dinner by Renaissance Catering was very good. See the slide show for photos of the dinner entrées. The vegetable medley was cooked perfectly and the Mahi Mahi and the Roast Beef were cooked to perfection. By the time dinner was over, the deserts trays were picked clean. Everyone who attended seemed to really enjoy the buffet.
After dinner, a live auction was held where fishing Captain Mike Holiday, Captain John Kumiski, Captain Tom Van Horn, Captain Jim Ross, and TV host Dave Ferrel and Captain Blair Wiggins (not pictured) auctioned of each of their full-day guided fishing package. The live auction brought in over $3,000.00 to support the Anglers for Conservation education programs and community projects.
When the live auction ended Rodney Smith took to the podium to present the three Linda Goode Conservation awards. Click HERE for more information about this award. The awards were presented to Alex Gorichky, LKessa Souto and Rufus Wakeman. Rufus did not attend because of another engagement and Captain Mike Holiday accepted the award for Rufus.
The last activity on the evening’s schedule was the drawing for the Beach Weekend Getaway. The evening ended after winner’s name for the Beach Weekend Getaway was drawn. This fundraising party ended on a very high note.
All and all, the Protect Our Waters fundraiser raised over $10,000 for AFC education programs and community projects. If you missed this year’s event, go to the AFC webpage and sign up for their news letter. That way you will receive a monthly newsletter announcing future AFC education programs and community projects.
Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.