38th annual Fishing Tournament raises $100,000 to grant 20 ‘wishes’
With the generous contributions of local roofing contractors and associate members, the RCASF was able to donate $100,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making RCASF the largest non-corporate contributor to the foundation.
The Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida is composed of charitable contractors and associate members who work together for the benefit of children struggling with illness in our community. In addition to the $100,000 awarded to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, RCASF contributed $10,000 to the International Game Fish Association’s Junior Angler Division. (IGFA)
This year’s Fishing Tournament was held at Hawk’s Cay Resort on June 10th and the Awards Ceremony was held on August 30th. Norm Wedderburn, CEO & President of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida said, “We cannot thank the RCASF enough! RCASF has helped us to change many lives and for that we will be eternally grateful.” Gene Fall, RCASF Fishing Tournament Committee Chairman, thanked all of the local roofing industry supporters who came together for some good hearted fishing rivalry and to ultimately provide financial assistance to two worthy causes.
In 2015, the RCASF Fishing Tournament Committee initiated their Signature Sponsor Program with Earl W. Johnston Roofing gifting $5000 or ‘one wish’ to a child in need. This year, the program expanded to eleven Signature Sponsors each donating one ‘wish’: Allied Roofing & Sheet Metal, Certified Contracting Group, Chase Roofing & Contracting, Earl W. Johnston Roofing, Frank H. Furman Insurance, Inc., Hi-Tech Roofing & Sheet Metal, Roofing Concepts Unlimited, Triple M Roofing/In memory of Jim Nair, Weather-Tech Roofing & Waterproofing and Barry & Gail Birenbaum/Anthony Utter & Wendy Harvest.
Additionally, a group donation for a Signature Sponsorship was achieved when Anthony Utter called for 50 people to walk forward with $100 each during the Tournament Banquet. Tournament Committee member Lynne Johnston stated, “This was, by far, the most profoundly moving moment of the weekend. Almost everyone in the room ran forward waving $100 bills just to be a part of this group donation.”
The RCASF Fishing Committee has already begun planning for next year’s tournament on June 9, 2018 with the goal of brightening the lives of even more children. They encourage donations of fishing related items for auction and financial sponsorships. If you would like to contribute, please contact RCASF.