The Matlacha Hookers gave a donation of $12,000 to the Pine Island Elementary School principal Thursday night as the result of the money raised during the group's annual fishing tournament held in October.
As Matlacha Hooker Madam DJ Ruscik announced that it was with great pleasure to present Principal Rob Mazzoli of Pine Island Elementary School with a check for $12,000, those attending the meeting at the Elks Lodge erupted with applause.
The 14th Annual Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament & Derby raised $14,000 this year for the school. Two thousand dollars was set-aside for the teachers to purchase supplies for the spring and fall semester.
Pine Island Elementary School Principal Rob Mazzoli shared words of appreciation to Matlacha Hooker Madam DJ Ruscik during their monthly meeting at the Elks Lodge Thursday night for the $12,000 donation that was given to the school.
"It's unbelievable," Principal Rob Mazzoli said after he was presented with the check.
He said that Pine Island Elementary School is a true neighborhood school.
"Thank you so, so much," Mazzoli said.
Eighty-six Pine Island Elementary School students, 23 boats and 59 anglers participated in this year's tournament.