The Southeast Florida Chapter, Fort Lauderdale Office, of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is thrilled to bring back the Boca Grande Classic fishing tournament in October 2023. Anglers and their guests – led by our celebrity host, Ed Marinaro – will enjoy two days of incredible fishing along the Charlotte Harbor for redfish, snook, tarpon and trout guided by local professional captains. This year marks our 20th Anniversary, and we hope you can join us and celebrate this momentous milestone.
Hosted by The Gasparilla Inn & Club, the event features a welcome reception, dinner party, daily happy hours, a cocktail reception, and much more – all of which offer wonderful networking and socializing opportunities. Guests will also be able to arrange some fun on and offsite activities such as spa packages, rounds of golf on the beautiful waterfront course, and a lunch cruise to Cabbage Key (not included in ticket/sponsorship packages).
We are extremely grateful to The Gasparilla Inn & Club for once again hosting the event and returning as our Premier Host Sponsor. The Southwest Florida community – including the Gasparilla Inn & Club, many of our local supporters and wonderful fishing guides - was greatly impacted by Hurricane Ian in fall 2022. The Boca Grande community has hosted this premier fishing event for many years, and we are united with them in their re-building efforts to bring this beloved island back to its state of paradise. We look forward to being a part of this process and supporting the local community as it returns stronger than ever.
Since its inception in 2007, the Boca Grande Classic fishing tournament has netted nearly $2.35 million. These funds have helped improve the lives of everyone with CF, providing critical care, developing new therapies, and raising life-expectancy from age 36 the first year to more than 53 years of age today. But we are not yet where we need to be!
Please join us for this year's fishing tournament as we aim to raise more than $225,000 to support the CF Foundation’s mission to find a cure for everyone with cystic fibrosis (CF). There is something for everyone, and we promise you don’t want to miss this spectacular event!