We Couldn’t Do It Without You!

Dear Friends of Fish For A Cure,

The Fish For A Cure (F4AC) Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party held at the South Annapolis Yacht Centre, our official tournament home, has raised more than $5.5 million over the last 17 years to support the Cancer Survivorship program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

Thanks to your generosity and dedication to this fishing and fundraising event, F4AC 2023 had:

  • 59 boats registered, all of which competed in the Captain’s Challenge with bucks on boats.

  • More than 350 participating captains and anglers.

  • The partnership of 64 sponsors and community partners to help make the event possible.

  • Nearly 3,000 donations made ranging from $5 – $25,000 amounting to more than $650,000 total dollars raised to support the Cancer Survivorship Program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

Congratulations to our Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge Winners. Check out the full standings.

  • The #1 boat in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge Legends League, Reel Counsel, raised $164,095.20, breaking a fundraising record.

  • The #1 boat in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challege Open League, Lady Jen and Team Yorktel, raised $72,209.01, also breaking a fundraising record

Congratulations to our F4AC Tournament winners:

Catch and Release Stringer

  • 1st Place: Team Lukibelle

  • 2nd Place: Team RBC

  • 3rd Place: El Guapo

Grand Slam

  • Team FishTalk/PropTalk

Perch

  • Miss Cleo

 Invasive Species

  • Team FishTalk/PropTalk

Our exclusive F4AC Tournament t-shirts are our way of saying thank you to event participants and those who generously gave a donation of $125 or more towards a boat competing in the 2023 Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge. T-shirts will be mailed the first week of December, so keep an eye on your mailbox for your F4AC swag.

Be sure to check out photos from the event on the F4AC Facebook page.

Also, we want to hear from you! If you have any feedback about 2023 F4AC, feel free to email your comments to fishforacure@luminishealth.org.

We thank you for being a part of our 2023 F4AC. We couldn’t do it without you! We look forward to celebrating with you in 2024.

View Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge Standings (make this a button)

Fair winds and following seas,

The Fish For A Cure Crew

Thank You For Your Support

A million and one thanks to all of you captains and anglers for taking part in the 2023 Fish For A Cure Tournament and Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge. We hope you had a great time participating in the event, and hopefully by now you’ve at least partially recovered from that rockin’ cool Shore Party at the South Annapolis Yacht Centre, our official tournament home.

This year’s event was capped off with a phenomenal $164,095.20 chart-topping fundraising effort by team Reel Counsel. Congratulations, Reel Counsel, for the immense support you’ve generated for the cancer survivorship program. LaxFish raised an also-awesome $136,403.25 and Alternating Currents rounded out the Legends League with a whopping $65,514.90 in the till. In the Open League, Lady Jen and Team Yorktel blew away all expectations, raising an eye-popping $72,759.01 to take the crown. Team AllTackle came in second place with a hefty $47,351 catch, and Reeltors Hooked on Giving Back hit the $29,095 mark to take third place. Fantastic job, people, all the way around!

Then, there was a day of fishing…and what a beautiful day it was!! With unseasonably warm temperatures and relatively low winds (low compared to most past Fish For A Cure tournaments, for sure), Team Lukibelle won the three-rockfish stringer with a 92.5-inch entry, edging out Team RBC by two inches and third-place El Guapo by just over five inches. The Grand Slam went to Team FishTalk/PropTalk with a 72-inch blue catfish/white catfish/rockfish combination, which surprisingly included the longest fish of the tournament, a 33-inch blue cat. Miss Cleo topped the perch division with an impressive stringer of five fish at 52.75 inches. And Team FishTalk/PropTalk also took the Invasives category, after amassing 71.25 inches of blue catfish. Congratulations, to all of you winners!

Thanks to you participants, the Fish For A Cure team, and the Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundaton team. In 2023 this event raised a spectacular total of more than $650,000. As you all know, each and every dollar will end up helping patients in the cancer survivorship program at the Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. If you’re reading this right now, know that YOU and your time, effort, and energy, has helped countless cancer patients in their time of need.

We can all take a long fundraising rest for now, but soon we will be thinking about how to be even more successful in next year’s Fish For A Cure. Until then, rest easy and enjoy the glow of knowing that you’ve done something good. Something great. And for all the right reasons. Thank you — and we’ll see you in 2024.

View Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge Standings

Fair winds and following seas,

Lenny Rudow
Angler-in-Chief, FishTalk
F4AC Volunteer and Captain’s Challenge Commentator

 

 

Get Involved with Fish For A Cure (F4AC)

(Source: What’s Up Media)

Fish For A Cure (F4AC) is a fishing tournament and fundraising challenge that makes waves in cancer care in our community. We raise funds by hosting an annual fishing tournament on the Chesapeake Bay, followed by a Shore Party at the South Annapolis Yacht Centre, official tournament home.

The Fish For A Cure (F4AC) Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party has raised more than $4.5 million over the last 16 years to support the Cancer Survivorship Program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (LHAAMC) Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

It’s more than just a competition. There are many ways to get involved! Do you like to fish? Register a boat and participate in the tournament! Want to make an impact? Attend the Shore Party! Can’t make it to the event? Donate! Charitable gifts of all sizes support cancer care for patients and their families in our community. We are so grateful for your support. Learn more at www.fishforacure.org.

F4AC 2022 Standings

Dear Friends of Fish For A Cure,

Thanks to your generosity and dedication to this fishing and fundraising event, the 16th annual Fish For A Cure (F4AC), Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party raised over $575,000 this year to support the Cancer Survivorship program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

The Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge winners are:

Reel Counsel
Captain Brad Walsh
$144,208.13 – a fundraising record!

LaxFish
Captain Steve Morgan
$127,420.57 – a fundraising record!

Alternating Currents – Heller Electric
Captain Brian Heller
$59,460.00

Among the top 10 teams include:

Alltackle Fishing Team
Captain Keith Fraser
$53,275.00

Lady Jen
Captains Ken and Jen Scaturro
$49,040.00

Blue Jay – Unreleasable
Captain Greg Lilly
$20,635.00

PYY Fishing
Captain Steve Wagner
$20,615.00

Luki Belle
Captain David Jenkins
$18,271.01

Susan’s Boys/Fightin’ Fishin’ Lovin’ Everyday – First Home Mortgage
Captain Matt Baden
$15,610.00

Banana Bullship – Bad Monkey Electric
Captain Steve Gill
$15,515.00

The Tournament winners include:

Top 10 3 Rockfish Stringer:

PYY Fishing – 91.5”
Sonar Kings – 79.75” (Tiebreaker)
Team Junebug on the Sporting Wood -79.75”
Blind Squirrel Fishing Team – 79”
Reel Ridiculous – 78.875”
Rigg’d Up – 77.5”
Alternating Currents – 77.5”
Reel Counsel – 77”
Lady Jen – 75.5”
Chasin Tail – 75.25 (Tie Breaker)

Slam, Perch, Invasive Species

No Entries

Our exclusive F4AC Tournament t-shirts are our way of saying thank you to event participants and those who generously gave a donation of $125 or more towards a boat competing in the 2022 Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge. T-shirts will be mailed the first week of December, so keep an eye on your mailbox for your F4AC swag.

Also, there is still time to support the Junior Board’s fundraising efforts for Fish For A Cure by purchasing a sweatshirt. All sales are final today on Nov. 11! Sweatshirts will ship in December.

Check out photos from the event on the F4AC Facebook page and download them from our Snapfish album.

We thank you for being a part of our 2022 F4AC and look forward to celebrating with you in 2023.

View Standings

Fair winds and following seas,

Last Call for F4AC Boat and Angler Registration

Dear Friends,

We look forward to another great day spent on the Chesapeake Bay competing for biggest fish and most funds raised with Fish For A Cure (F4AC) on Saturday, Nov. 5. We want to share a few important updates with you as we are just days away from this year’s F4AC Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party!

Deadline for F4AC Boat Registration – Monday, Oct. 31

The deadline for registration for F4AC 2022 is Monday, Oct. 31. Don’t get left dockside – register your boat and anglers today! We will need to know who is definitely fishing from your crew so that we can help upload your team’s information into the iAngler app.

Captain’s Meeting – Wednesday, Nov. 2

Mark your calendars – the F4AC Captain’s Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 5-9 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, located at 723 Second St., Annapolis, MD. Please find parking information here.

Attendance is mandatory – one crew member from each team must be present to learn about the tournament rules and procedures. Just a reminder that F4AC is now a “Catch and Release” tournament for striped bass. We’re not only fishing for a good cause, but also helping to sustain the striped bass population in the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, you can pick up your captain’s buckets and F4AC signature t-shirts at this meeting.

Tournament and Shore Party – Saturday, Nov. 5

Celebrate the completion of the 2022 F4AC tournament and giving season at the Shore Party at the South Annapolis Yacht Center (SAYC), located at 750 Boucher Ave., Annapolis, MD. There will be live music, a buffet-style dinner, and an open bar. Tournament winners and awards will be announced from 4-5 p.m. prior to the Shore Party from 5-9 p.m. Buy tickets to the Shore Party today! Valet parking is available at SAYC on a first come, first served basis.

Deadline for Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge – Saturday, Nov. 5

We want to say thanks to all of you for making headway in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge. The deadline for donations is 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 and every dollar makes a difference for the Cancer Survivorship program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (LH AAMC) Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Check out this year’s standings and help us raise bucks for boats!

Support The Junior Board – Purchase a Sweatshirt!

The F4AC Junior Board assumes a leadership role in supporting the F4AC Board and LLH AAMC Foundation by raising funds and promoting the F4AC tournament.

Support the Junior Board’s F4AC fundraising efforts in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge by purchasing a sweatshirt today! All sales are final on Nov. 11. Sweatshirts will ship in December 2022.

Keep an eye on your inbox and stay social with us throughout the week for special messages from our friends of F4AC, tournament updates, and more. Tag us in your social media posts and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Have questions? Contact fishforacure@aahs.org.

Thank you for being part of F4AC as we celebrate 16 years of casting a net of support for our friends, loved ones, and neighbors in the community receiving cancer treatment and care. Our ripple effect is stronger together!

Fish For A Cure – September

Dear Friends,

We officially kick off Fish For A Cure (F4AC) 2022 and celebrate our steadfast history of support of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Luminis Heath Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (LH AAMC) Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Thanks to you, over that last 15 years, we have raised nearly $4 millon for this life-changing care program with our F4AC Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party.

Now more than ever, our continued commitment as captains, anglers, corporate partners, and friends of F4AC touch the lives of thousands of patients and their families undergoing a cancer diagnosis and treatment in our community. Because of your partnership, LH AAMC’s oncology team is able to provide a lifeline of compassionate support for all those who need it.

Don’t Miss The Boat

Join our collective effort in making a splash in cancer care for our friends, loved ones, and neighbors. Your support makes stories of survivorship possible.

We already have 25 boats registered to participate in this year’s F4AC Tournament and Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge. Sign up your crew, donate to a boat, and learn more about ways you can get involved at fishforacure.org.

Mark Your Calendars

Calling all captains and anglers! The Captain’s Meeting for this year’s F4AC is just around the corner. Attendance is mandatory – one crew member from each team must be present to learn about the tournament rules and procedures. Additionally, you can pick up your Captain’s buckets and F4AC signature t-shirts at this meeting.

What: Captain’s Meeting
When: Wednesday, November 2
Where: Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, located at 723 Second St., Annapolis, MD 21403

Also, celebrate the completion of the 2022 F4AC giving season at the Shore Party where there will be live music, a buffet-style dinner, and an open bar. All proceeds will support the Cancer Survivorship Program at LH AAMC’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute and its vital programs that directly benefit cancer patients. Buy tickets to the Shore Party today!

What: Shore Party
When: Saturday, November 5
Where: South Annapolis Yacht Centre, located at 750 Boucher Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403
*Parking and transportation details to follow

Join the Fundraising Competition

As a fishing and fundraising competition among friends, we encourage you to build on the anticipation and hype by pairing your fundraising efforts for your boat with an event — whether it’s in-person or virtual! It doesn’t have to be large or expensive, but people are much more likely to get involved if they have something to look forward to. If you are hosting an event and would like for us to spread the word, please contact Melissa Bowen, F4AC board member, at f4accalendarofevents@gmail.com. Fundraising often takes a little creativity and persistence, but it’s vitally important to the F4AC mission and know that your effort will make a big difference.

Thank you for being part of Fish For A Cure as we celebrate 16 years of casting a net of support for our friends, loved ones, and neighbors in the community receiving cancer treatment and care. Tag us in your social media posts and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Our ripple effect is stronger together!

Fair winds and following seas,

Fish For A Cure – August

Dear Friends of Fish For A Cure,

We are excited to share that registration for the 16th Annual Fish For A Cure (F4AC) Tournament is now live! Register today for the F4AC Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party to be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 at the South Annapolis Yacht Centre.

About The Tournament

This year, F4AC is a “Catch and Release” tournament for striped bass. This philosophy helps to sustain the striped bass population in the Chesapeake Bay. No fish are brought in to be measured. The winners are determined from the digital photos of the fish taken next to the official 2022 F4AC ruler. Learn more about the tournament rules.

How To Register Your Boat For F4AC 2022

Boat registration includes t-shirts, and the deadline to register is Oct. 31, 2022. Whether you are new to F4AC or have participated in every tournament, you will need to fill out your information and t-shirt size on our new website. View this step-by-step guide on how to register your boat and your crew.

It’s More Than Just A Competition

F4AC has raised more than $4 million over the past 15 years to support the Cancer Survivorship program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (LH AAMC) Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

LH AAMC programs that are donor funded provide social, emotional, physical, and psychological support for patients and families as they navigate treatment and recovery from illness. Your charitable gifts toward F4AC provide more than 2,000 of our friends, loved ones, and neighbors experiencing the unique challenges of a cancer diagnosis with access to critically needed psychosocial services, including nurse navigation, nutrition counseling, psychosocial well-being, and oncology rehabilitation services.

When you make your gift today to support the Cancer Survivorship program at LH AAMC, you help patients not just survive, but thrive. Give to F4AC today by supporting your favorite boats!

Get Hooked On A Great Cause!

As a part of this fishing and fundraising competition among friends, we want to help you and your crew get creative in getting people hooked on such a great cause.

  • Visit fishforacure.org for more information about F4AC and the Cancer Survivorship Program at LH AAMC’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.
  • Connect with F4AC on social media to get updates on the latest news and events leading up to our Tournament and Shore Party. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
  • Email fishforacure@aahs.org with the details about your upcoming fundraising activities so we can help you spread the word with our friends of F4AC.
  • Contact Kelly Accinelli, Corporate Giving Officer, at kaccinelli@luminishealth.org for information on how your organization can become a sponsor.
  • Share your fish tales, photos, and why you are involved with F4AC. We want to hear from you!

Thank you for your support with this annual event benefiting cancer patients and their families in our community. We couldn’t do it without you!

Fair winds and following seas,