Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open to be Held September 23-24, 2011

The third annual Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open will be held at and hosted by the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach on September 23-24, 2011. The event, presented by Michael B. Weinberg and Merrill Lynch, benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.

“We think there is no better way to honor the legacy of Michael Shields than to help generate funds that will directly impact the children and teens that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County serves,” said Bob Zaccheo, who is chairing this year’s Open.

The Open, the largest inshore tournament on the Treasure Coast, is named after longtime Martin County resident Michael Shields, who died at the age of 23 from bone cancer. It is open to anglers of all ages and all skill levels. The tournament follows a catch and release format, with separate categories for snook, tarpon, trout, and redfish. In addition, a fishing clinic, a Captains Reception, and a BBQ will be held over the weekend. All events are included in a $100 registration fee. For those wish to only attend the Captain’s Party, tickets are $50 per person in advance or $75 at the door.

The committee’s fundraising goal this year is $60,000. More than half those funds will be allocated to Membership scholarships, ensuring that children and teens who wish to attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County can do so, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Funding will support critical Club needs, including field trips, nutritious snacks, Club T-shirts, swim lessons, art supplies, sports equipment, and administrative expenses.

To learn more, call 772.545.1255 or visit www.fishforthekids.org.

David Vaina
Communications Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
11500 SE Lares Avenue
PO BOX 910
Hobe Sound FL 33475

772-545-1255 phone
772-545-1204 fax