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Wounded Warrior Anglers collect over $3,000 in fund-raiser

January 16, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

Sunday was a successful day for the Wounded Warrior Anglers as many raffle tickets were sold for a chance at 2013 boat, along with miscellaneous items donated by area businesses.

Wounded Warrior Anglers Founder Judy Souders said an hour into the event that the day was already incredibly successful.

Her husband, David, also a founder of the organization, said they raised a total of $3,020 during the four-hour event, which included almost $2,000 in boat raffle tickets.

"Simply awesome," David said, adding that it was their best fund-raising event so far.

Judy said she wanted to thank the bands Ground Zero SWFL and the Grayson Rogers Band for performing during the event. She said she really appreciated their time and talent.

"They are rockin' it," Judy said of their performance.

Erin Brophy provided a helping hand in setting up the event at Miceli's Restaurant, as well as encouraging the crowd to purchase 50/50 and raffle tickets.

"It's just a good cause," she said of why she wanted to help. "It's about helping out the warriors."

Audra Mawer also stopped by during the festivities Sunday.

The first tournament that the Wounded Warrior Anglers held in October honored her father Thomas W. Mawer.

"I think it's great," Audra said of the event.

She said she is thankful for what everyone is doing to help the organization because her father, who passed away Sept. 20, was a Marine.

The Souders wanted to thank Kevin Santos, Brophy, Antoine Lachapelle and Savannah Parkinson, as well as the Miceli brothers.

The fund-raiser was held from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday to sell tickets for an 18-foot Nautic Star, 1810 Nautic Bay boat, courtesy of the owner of Fort Myers Marine.

The boat, which is 18-feet 2-inches long with a 7-foot 8-inch beam, includes a 90-horsepower, four-stroke Yamaha with a magic tilt trailer. The 1810 Nautic Bay also has a 35-gallon fuel capacity.

Tickets, which are still on sale are $20 a piece or six for $100. They can be purchased at Capt Tool & Tackle, Captain Rob's Bait & Tackle, Miceli's Restaurant, Olde Fish House Marina, Spa 33, Marie's Barber Shop and the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. Tickets can also be purchased on their website



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