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17th Annual Hospice Horizons KDW Fishing Tournament

17th Annual Hospice Horizons KDW Fishing Tournament Scheduled for Saturday June 18, 2018. 

On Saturday, June 18, anglers from around South Florida will turn on their fish finders, set their outriggers and drop their lines in the water in hopes of saying, “Fish On!” and reeling in the heaviest Kingfish, Dolphin or Wahoo (KDW) during the 17th annual Hospice Horizons KDW Fishing Tournament. 

The tournament will offer over $25,000 in cash and prizes, including a $5,000 grand prize for the heaviest kingfish, dolphin or wahoo. There will also be a Ladies KDW Division, with a $500 cash prize and gifts, a Junior Division for anglers 15 and younger, with a $300 cash prize, and many other ways to win.

“Like previous years, this popular fishing tournament has a real life theme – Catch One for the Kids and Be a Champion for a Grieving Child,” said Greg Leach, President of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation. “To that end, the important element of this tournament is that it raises funds for our children’s bereavement programs, known as the Sea Star Program.”

The Sea Star Program recognizes the unique needs of children and teens who have lost a loved one. One of these special events is Camp Good Grief, which is held each year at the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp in West Palm Beach. Campers enjoy three days and two nights of support and friendship as they share their stories and engage in music, art, outdoor adventures and cooperative activities. Young ones have the opportunity to participate in Camp Sting Ray, a week-long summer day camp, and Club Sea Horse, a one-day program that provides interaction with animals, therapeutic art and play. 

During the Horizons tournament, there will be a fishing clinic for children participating in the Foundation’s bereavement program to learn to become anglers. The day of sun and fun ends with the official weigh-in at the Riviera Beach Marina at 4 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony with food, drink, raffles and entertainment.

“We want to thank our presenting sponsor Aetna as well as our Platinum Sponsors – Cod & Capers Seafood, Park Avenue BBQ Grill, BB&T and the City of Riviera Beach – for their tremendous support,” said Leach. “Also, a tip of the hat goes to our tournament committee – Jim & Caroline Fallon, Aubrey Fleming, Chase Fleming, Donna Goldfarb, Grant Gyland, Steve Gyland, George Lott, Hub Spooner, Amy Ulmer and Jessica Zabel. We thank them for their hard work, dedication and commitment.”