The Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament held June 1 at Boca Grande Pass was another big hit with young people who are finding a love of fishing

The tournament had 40 teams with 149 young fishermen and fisherwomen taking part. Entry fees of $1,000 per team are all donated by charitable partners.

Over eight years, the tournament has raised more than $265,000, Melvin said. Beneficiaries include Moffitt Cancer Center, All Children’s Hospital, The Englewood Community Care Clinic, The Island School, Lemon Bay Conservancy, the Charlotte County School System’s S.T.E.M Camp program, EasterSeals Southwest Florida and the Dee Wheeler Scholarship Fund.

For more information, visit bocagrandecharities.org.

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