DELRAY BEACH, FL – The Mark Gerretson Memorial 18th Annual Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 11th, 2012 in memory of Delray Beach resident Mark Gerretson. Anglers from all over will be coming together for this fishing extravaganza. Thanks to supporters, approximately $78,000 has been raised for the local community. The MGMFT’s original goal was to raise money for the Delray Citizens for Delray Police’s Holiday Toy Drive and Kids and Cops Program. Since the tournament has been such a success, it has expanded its charitable donations to other local charities. Other beneficiaries include Atlantic High School Scholarships, Achievement Center for Children and Families, Boys and Girls Club of Delray, The Caring Kitchen and Spady Cultural Heritage Museum. The 2012 top sponsors to date are Merrill Lynch, Printer’s Choice, Delray Beach Elks Lodge #1770, Atlantic Ave Magazine, Spodak Dental, Searcy Denny Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, Pineapple Newspaper, J. Heffernan Corp, Tuppens Marine & Tackle, Poseidan Rods and Stuart & Shelby Development. Entry forms are on the last page of the program which can be found at local sponsors throughout Delray Beach including The Delray Beach Elks Lodge 1770, Ray’s Fishing Tackle, Boynton Fisherman and Delray Camera Shop or ask to have the form e-mailed. Registration is $175 per boat (up to 4 anglers) by August 4th. $200 on or after August 5th. Additional anglers are $50 per person. Checks should be made payable to the Delray Beach Elks Lodge 1770 located at 265 NE 4th Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33483. Prize money will be awarded for the following categories: Overall Largest Fish, Largest Wahoo, Largest Dolphin, Largest Kingfish, Largest Mystery Fish, Lady Angler, Jr. Angler and Family Fun Fish. Each of the four top categories, Wahoo, Dolphin, Kingfish and Mystery Fish are guaranteed $200 plus a portion of entry fees.
Captain’s meeting is open to the public on August 10th at 6:00 at the Delray Beach Elks Lodge at 265 NE 4th Avenue, Delray Beach. Raffles, dinner and drinks will be available. Beginning at 6:30AM, boats will depart from either the Boynton Beach inlet or the Boca Raton inlet. Fish weigh-in will take place at Veterans Park, Atlantic Avenue and the Intracoastal, between10:00am-4:00pm.Therewillbefood, raffles and awards starting at 1:00 pm. Mark Gerretson, Delray Beach resident and avid fisherman, was a tireless supporter of our community. He championed an annual fishing tournament to raise money for local charitable causes. Gerretson passed away in 2005 but his legacy continues to be honored through this annual fishing tournament. For more information contact Jen Buce at 561-251-1945 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . To donate raffle prizes contact Carol Dugan at e-mail email@example.com