Waters said one of the children from the program
caught a tarpon and won a prize last year.
“It was all she could talk about – for her, that was a
life-changing event,” Waters said.
Funds received also help with the monthly Kids
Night Out project, where parents get a four-hour
respite break while the kids participate in supervised
activities. Beyond showcasing the sport of fishing our
community is known for, kids learn to be
compassionate and learn how rewarding it feels to
do good things for others.
The charity also partners with Lemon Bay
Conservancy to award a $1,000 scholarship to a top
student from the S.T.E.M. camp so he or she can
pursue higher education.The scholarship is named
A FULL DAY OF FUN
IS PLANNED AND ALL ARE
Activities will start at 11 a.m. at the
Boca Grande Community Center.
A family interactive art show will take place
featuring local artist Carroll Swayze, who will
direct art projects that will give kids handson
experience about learning how to create
beautiful pieces of art. There will be complimentary
food, drinks and exhibits.
will start at noon at
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after local conservationist Elsie Bracken.
Additional proceeds will also go toward the
Dee Wheeler Scholarship Fund that provides
scholarship opportunities for island elementary
school kids, and to All Children’s Hospital’s music
The fun will begin on Friday evening, June 1
with a tarpon symposium at 6 p.m. at the Boca
Grande Community Center.
Dr. Aaron Adams with Bonefish Tarpon Trust
will discuss the science of the tarpon and why
they come to Boca Grande, and Nat Italiano and
Betsy Joiner will talk about the history of Boca
Grande tarpon fishing.
The presentation will be followed by a
traditional southwest Florida mullet fish fry with
live entertainment. The free event is open to all
– everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the
fun. Proceeds from Friday evening will benefit the
Boca Grande Historical Society.
None of this would be possible without
very generous sponsors ...