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Panther Baseball Alumni
Club Fishing Tourney Returns
by Jeff Lysiak
With only two weeks before the 4th annual Panther Baseball Alumni Club
Fishing Tournament returns to the waters of Southwest Florida, organizers
are gearing up for their biggest fundraiser yet.
This year’s fishing tournament will be staged on Saturday, August 15 at Doc Ford’s
Rum Bar & Grille, located at 708 Fisherman’s Wharf on Fort Myers Beach. The
Honor Start begins at 7 a.m. and the post-tournament weigh-in scales will be open
Like any successful fundraiser, a lot of work went into planning the first event, held
back in 2012.
“The fishing tournament was originated out of a need, as the Panther Baseball
Alumni Club’s main fundraising event used to be a Casino Night,” said Chris Davison,
general manager of Sanibel’s Island Inn and co-founder of the fishing tournament.
“The Casino Night’s popularity was fading, so the club needed a new keystone event.”
Davison and several other of the Panther Baseball Alumni Club board members had
participated in fishing tournaments, so the idea of trying to execute this event was not
“Thankfully, it was a great success and we are now on to our fourth year!” added
This year’s schedule of events includes a Captain’s Meeting on Friday, August 14 at
6:30 p.m. at Doc Ford’s. One team member from each participating group of anglers
must attend. Food, soft drinks, long-sleeve T-shirts and tournament materials will be
Following the tournament, participants will have dinner at Doc Ford’s, including soft
drinks and two drink tickets for all anglers. Awards, raffles, prizes and a 50/50 draw-
ing will be held during dinner.
“The fishing tournament has really grown over the last four years and, thanks to
our wonderful sponsors and volunteers, it
continues to get bigger and better,” said
Davison. “It’s really become an event that
many in the fishing community look for-
ward to, as our venue sponsor Doc Ford’s
on Fort Myers Beach really knows how to
put on a party! Prizes and raffle items have
only grown and we always have a surprise
giveaway for all the fishermen and women
the day of the tournament.”
The entry fee is $250 for up to three
people on the boat, additional anglers
are $65 each. The first place winners will
receive $3,000, second place gets $1,000
and third place gets $500. Other cash
prizes include $250 for fifth, 10th, 15th
and 20th place.
“I hope for a fun and safe day for all the
folks involved,” added Davison. “We have more sponsors and more prizes than ever
before, so I am hoping the fishing community will come out on August 15 and enjoy
this wonderful tournament.”
Platinum sponsors include the Island Inn and Kobrin Builders Supply. Gold spon-
sors include Lee Drywall, Olympia Building Supplies, Rosen Materials, Renegades
Sportswear, L&W Supply and Allied Building Products Corp. Silver sponsors include
Fowler Marine, Arnold/Sanders Consulting Engineers, Micky Franklin’s Tire, Wheel
& Repair, Bailey’s General Store, Cheney Brothers International, BSSW Architects,
InteractOne, Sanibel Air and Electric, Whitney’s Bait & Tackle and Doc Ford’s Rum
Bar & Grille. Bronze sponsors include Dixie Buick GMC, Sanibel Glass & Mirror,
Grabber Construction Products, Spalding’s Flood Zone Restoration, Metro Scales &
Systems, Benchmark General Contractors, The Goodz – Fort Myers Beach and Smith
Insurance & Bonds.
For more information about the tournament, including event rules, visit www.pan-
therbaseballalumni.org/anglers/. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Chris Davison
at 247-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Rick Little at 980-4668 or cypressbase-
email@example.com; or Justin Lee at 872-4138 or Justin@leedrywall.com.
All proceeds benefit the Panther Baseball Alumni Club (Tax ID 27-0183157).
Volunteers from last year’s tournament
photos provided by Chris Davison
Promoting this year’s Panther Baseball Alumni Club Fishing Tournament are, from left,
Jonathon Rufener and Erik Hamm of Team Island Inn with event organizers Justin Lee and
2014 Panther Baseball Alumni Club Fishing Tournament winners Team Kobrin with orga-
nizer Chris Davison of Island Inn, right
Bobby Dick of Team Fishing Finatic
Outfitters with his daughter
FGCU Commencement Set
For August 2 At Alico Arena
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) expects to graduate more than 397 stu-
dents during its summer commencement exercises at 10 a.m . Sunday, August
2 at Alico Arena. Doors open for guests at 9 a.m.
FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw confers all degrees in the university’s five aca-
demic colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Lutgert College of Business, College of
Education, College of Health Professions and Social Work, and UA Whitaker College
of Engineering. FGCU has conferred more than 22,000 degrees since opening in the
fall of 1997. The commencement ceremony lasts approximately 2.5 hours.
Dr. Michele Yovanovich, a founding FGCU staff member who has served as dean in
Student Affairs since November 2005, will give the commencement address. She was
appointed in 1996 as FGCU’s first director of admissions and subsequently founded
the Office of Alumni Relations. Yovanovich earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology
from Stetson University, a master’s degree in student personnel in higher education
from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate in educational leadership/higher edu-
cation from Argosy University. She has more than 28 years of experience in higher
education administration. Her research interest includes student engagement activities
which lead to persistence.
The commencement ceremony will be viewable via webcast at www.fgcu.edu begin-
ning at 9:40 a.m.
Balloons and loud noisemakers are prohibited in Alico Arena and will not be
allowed inside during the commencement ceremony.
Individuals who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability can contact
the Office of Adaptive Services at 590-7956, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via
the Florida Relay at 711.
For more information, contact Director of Media Relations Lillian Pagan at lpa-
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