Attracting 44 boats, 160 anglers and 500 total participants, the 5th Annual Fish for a Cure Tournament proved to be the most successful event to date, raising $155,000 for the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Foundation.
Held Nov. 3 at the Annapolis City Dock and Downtown Annapolis Marriott, the 2012 tournament brought the organization one step closer to its pledge of $1 million to the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at the AAMC. In fact, many teams exceeded the goal of raising $3,000 per boat, including Sharon Boland’s Club 411/Leave it to Weaver, which raised more than $16,000 to win the tournament’s “Captain’s Challenge” fundraising competition.
Since its inception, the Fish for a Cure Tournament has continued to grow each and every year, encouraging the community to take a stand against cancer while enjoying a day on the Chesapeake Bay,” said Greg Lilly, chairman of Fish for a Cure’s board of directors. “This year, we exceeded our fundraising goal, thanks to our dedicated members, sponsors, volunteers and donors that make the event a success.
Fish for a Cure representatives presented AAMC’s president and CEO, Tori Bayless, with a Check for $155,000 on Feb. 6.
Bayless said, “The Fish for a Cure Tournament has been an outstanding advocate for AAMC and cancer research. We are thrilled to receive another generous contribution and are thankful for the organization’s ongoing support of our efforts to provide excellent care to the community.”
The funds raised in 2012 will directly benefit the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institutes’ Survivorship and Nutrition programs. The survivorship program provides clinical and support programs for patients following treatment.
“The Survivorship Program at AAMC coordinates the care of patients following their cancer treatment, providing a customized treatment summary and care plan delivered to patients and providers,” said Amy Vance, RN, BSN, OCN, survivorship coordinator. “The program focuses on managing symptoms with an emphasis on nutrition and wellness.”
For more information about the Cancer Institute’s Survivorship programs, visit http://www.aahs.org/cancer/survivorship.php.
The 2013 Fish for a Cure Tournament is set for Nov. 2.
Winners of the 2012 Fish for a Cure Tournament:
First: Captain Larry Haskins / “Tax Planning" – 15 lbs. (30’’)
Second: Captain Larry Haskins / "Tax Planning" – 14.75 lbs.
Third: Captain Steve Linhard / “Hot Tuna” – 14.5 lbs.
Fourth: Captain Larry Haskins / "Tax Planning" - 14.25 lbs.
First: Dr. Stanley Watkins / “Miss Cleo” – 3.6 lbs.
Winner: Captain Greg Lilly / “Blue Jay”
Winner: Captain Sharon Borland / “Club 411/Leave it to Weaver” - $16,000 raised.