The Big 3 Fishing Tournament, held on July 19, has raised more than $380,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands (BBBSCCI). This one-of-a-kind event has raised just under $2 million since its inception, helping to drive the strategic growth of BBBSCCI.
The event was held this past Friday at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwichport. The fishing tournament took place from 5am – 2pm followed by an evening cocktail reception, dinner and live auction at the beach.
More than 300 people were in attendance with over 50 boats heading out from various ports. The 2019 Tournament winners were (by category): Shawn DeLude, Mike Robinson, Anthony Barone & Chris Kennedy aboard Trashy Thoughts Too with a 408lb tuna. Carl Riedell & crew aboard Stray Cat with a 15.5lb striped bass. Michael Rivard on Excavator with a 9.8lb bluefish. In addition, the yearly Battle of the Badges competition was won by Enrique Ariscue aboard Finatic with a 8.6lb bluefish.
“My sincere thanks for the 6th year of this awesome tournament to help serve even more kids in our program!” said JR Mell, Regional Director of BBBS of Cape Cod & the Islands. “This event brings together a love of fishing and our community, all while making a direct impact on the Cape & Islands and the kids we serve. I am so thankful to the Big 3 committee, co-chaired by E.J. & Terry Jaxtimer and Jeff Leerink, for their hard work to make this such a success.”
This year’s event recognized some of the agencies long-time supporters. Bob Epstein was presented with the Leadership Award for his support of the tournament since inception. In addition, BBBSCCI Leadership Council member, David McGraw, shared remarks on why the McGraw family supports the agency, noting that “The reasons we are all put on this earth are to help our brothers and sisters who can’t help themselves, and that is why we are such strong supports of BBBSCCI.” This year’s speaking program featured BBBSCCI’s very own Big Brother, Bob Schulte, who was also recognized as the Massachusetts Big Brother of the year. Bob shared with the audience his 7 year match with his Little Brother, Sean—a rising junior from Barnstable and childhood cancer survivor. The night wrapped up with the Grab Brothers taking the stage and rocking the tent until closing.
With the help of the Big 3 Fishing Tournament, BBBS is on track to serve over 450 kids by 2022. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for BBBS of Cape Cod & the Islands, or making a donation, please visit www.capebigs.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands, a proud member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay family, is the only one-to-one youth mentoring organization serving over 373 youth on Cape Cod and the Islands. Our program is proven to produce several positive long-term and short-term youth development outcomes. Research shows that a match of just one year helps kids stay in school, avoid violent and risky behavior, and gain confidence. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod & the Islands, please visit www.capebigs.org.