HERE ARE YOUR 2016 GASPARILLA ISLAND KIDS CLASSIC RESULTS!
Money raised for our charities in 2016: $34,000
(Over $180,000 donated to charity since 2011 from this event)
$14,000 raised for Charlotte County Public Schools (Lemon Bay High School/L.A. Ainger Middle School STEM Camp Initiative)
$6,000 given to Englewood Community Care Clinic
$4,000 given to Johns Hopkin’s All Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Program
$4,000 given to Moffitt Cancer Center (Families First Program)
$3,000 to The Island School
$3,000 to Lemon Bay Conservancy
Average angler age: 10 Average release time: 7.5 minutes
Total Releases: 31
Team Boca Grande Fire Department, with five releases.
Each angler received an Apple iPad Pro,keyboard, pencil and Herschel Backpack, courtesy of Columbia Sportswear.
Capt. Blake Cheske on the team's boat, “Outta Line,” received $1000 in cash and a Herschel Backpack, courtesy of Gasparilla Outfitters.
Anglers included Evan Cheske, 10; Sage Esposito, 6; Rock Esposito, 8; Kara Blosser 8.
Team Island School with four releases. Each angler received a Beats By Dre Headset with a Pill speaker and a Herschel Backpack, courtesy of Yellowfin Boats.
Capt. Lamar Joiner Sr. on “Miss Sarah” won $500 cash and a Herschel Backpack, courtesy of Dean Construction.
Anglers included Krystina Tieu, 11; Daniel Haines, 11; Laney Baker, 11; and Isabella Swelland, 10.
Third Place (last fish released)
Team Barnichol Hardware, with one release.
Each angler received a Fit Bit Alta Sport Watch and a Herschel Backpack. Capt. Jackie Bylaska aboard the “Mary Lynn” received a Yeti Cooler and a Herschel Backpack, courtesy of Barnichol Hardware.
Anglers included Christopher Fay, 10; Brendan Fay, 14; Aven Bingham, 14; and Makayla Lee, 11.
The "first girl" release prize went to Emily Sisler. She received a spa day for four, courtesy of Courtyard Hair.
The "first boy" release prize went to Lucas Newcomb. He received a rod/Reel/Tackle Package, courtesy of Fisherman’s Edge Tackle.
The "first captain" release prize went to Capt. Timmy Smith, and he received a $1,000 service voucher, courtesy of Able’s Marine.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ANGIE MILLS