To the Editor:
The Matlacha Hookers thank all that attended the 2013 Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament & Derby. What a great day! Everyone enjoyed the music, various auctions and raffles, food and drink.
The children were entertained and busy all day long fishing, painting and crafting paper hats. All of the children enjoyed a hearty lunch thanks to JD Hollway at the Waterfront Restaurant. Adult Fishermen reported that the water and tides were ideal and proudly displayed their catch. Weigh Master Phil Russo shared that many donated their catch that we all enjoyed during the Fish Fry. Congratulations to all of the children and adults that received recognition for the catch.
Our members support those businesses and organizations that support us; and the winners do too!
Our success would have been possible without the support from our community. First and foremost are the dedicated members of the Matlacha Hookers; each of them give 110 percent every year. Next to our brothers, the Matlacha Mariners; we just love you guys! Finally in an honest attempt to name most if not all of those artist, individual donors, businesses and organizations that supported our efforts this year, we extend a sincere thanks to the following: A-1 Marine Service, Ad & Print Craft, Aimee Linn Band, Alden Pines, Alice Leary, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136, American Legion Post 136, Andy Forsyth, Andy's Island Seafood, Angles Hair Salon, Ann Thomas, Annie St. Martin, Anole Computer, Artfest Fort Myers, Artist Cliff, Atty Mel Brinson, Atty Timothy Bruehl, Author Robert Macomber, Babcock Wilderness, Barb Higgins, Barbara Jameson, Barb May, Bass Pro Shop, Beacon Bed and Breakfast, Bealls, Bert's Bar, Beth Cehovic, Betty Leis, Blanch Scalise, Board Members of the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, Bob & Annie's Boatyard, Bonnie Query, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Bubba's, Buon Appetitto Caf, Calusa Cast Nets, Cape Tool and Tackle, Capt Cons Fish House, Captiva Cruises, Carl's Service, Casey Streeter, Cason Photography, Cast Net Steve Phanco, Charlie Kuchler, Circle K, Citrola's Italian Grill Pizzaria, Coke Distributor, Connie Trowbridge, Coral Oaks Golf Course, Cupcake Express, Deanna Berko, Deb Christian, Diane Maher, Dianne Higgins, DJ & Tom Ruscik, Dr Jonathan Frantz, Dr Watsons Liquor Store, Elena's, Elida Byard, Elks Lodge - Pine Island, Elmquist Eye Doctor, Executive Travel & Incentives, Fernandos Hideaway, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Fleamasters, Fletchers, Florida Everblades, Florida Gallery, Florida Paddle Sports, Footprints in the Sand Shoe Gallery, Forrester, Hart, Belisle & Whitaker, Four Winds Marina, FOX TV, Fran Yorkston, Frills Gallery, Gene Leary, Genie Andrews, Geri's Designs, Ginny Neff, Grab Bag Deli, Grayson Rogers Band, Great Licks, Greg Ehmann, Gulf Coast Kayak, Guppy Net Company, H R Karina, Hair To Dye For, Holloway & Chumbler Dental, Home Depot, HONC Industries, Imaginarium, In memory of Julie Matthews, Island Crab, Island Floors, Island Girl Fitness, Island Grill, Island Laundry and Consignment, James Hembree, Jason's Deli, JD Hollway, Joan Robert, Joanna Bowles, Joanna Maglis, John & Peg Kresse, JP Sports Store, Judy Harvey, Karen McKee, Kathi Smith, Kelly McGuire, Kindness Animal Hospital, Kiwanis - Pine Island, Knolls Court, LA Salon, Lazy Flamingo, Little Lilly's Deli, Lotus Blossom Clinic, Low Key Tiki, Lowes, Lucia West, Magnolia Landing Country Club, Maria Cahill, Marie's Salon and Barber Shop, Marilyn Sherbrook, Mary Forgays, Matlacha Bridge Reef Project, Matlacha Hookers, Matlacha Mariners, Matlacha Menagerie, Mazzee Dra, Melva Wilzbach, Miceli's Restaurante, Misto's, Mo Steinman, Molly Brown, Monica Croom, Moose Lodge - Pine Island, Morris Medical Center, Mulletville, National Anthem signer Victoria Hagan, Native Kid Clothes, NBC-2, Net Shops USA, Norma Miranda, Office Depot, Old Pine Island Marine & Tackle, Olde Fish House Marina, Olive Garden, Orange Gate Nursery, Pack & Send - Fort Myers, Palmetto Pines, Pampered Pup, Panera Bread, Paradise Paddling, Pat Oberg, Patty Sole, Pepsi Distributor, Perfect Cup, Pine Island Art Association, Pine Island Dance, Pine Island Earth Friends, Pine Island Paradise Paddling, Pine Island Realty, Pine Island Zumba Dance, Pineland Marina, Pizza Bella, Publix - Burnt Store Road, Publix - Cape Coral, Publix- Santa Barbara & Cape Coral Parkway, Publix - Santa Barbara & Pine Island Rd, Randall Research Center, Red's Seafood, Riverdale Dental Associates, Salon at Club Square, Sandy Hook, Sandy Kerr, Sandy Rayannic, Sanibel Harbor Princess, Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa, Scott Fischer, Sea Tow, Serve Pro, Seven Seas, Shallow Bait, Shell Factory, Shell Gas Station, Sip and Send, Sons of the Legion 136, Sonya Leonard, Spa 33, Spring Run Golf Club, St. James General Store, Stan's Coffee, Stevie Tomatoes, Stone Age Decorative Concrete, Stonegate Bank, Strange Arrangement Band, Suncoast Beverage, Sunshine Synchro Splash, Tarpon Lodge, The Breeze Newspapers, The Eagle Newspaper, The Kilted Cook, The Mayhew Family in memory of Jean Mayhew, The Nautical Mile, The New-Press, Theresa Kramer, Tina Bush, Total Payroll, Traders Hitching Post, Trailer Park Barbie & Friends, Tropical Treasures, Tropicaya, Tween Waters Inn, UPS Store, VFW Men's Auxiliary - Pine Island, VFW Women's Auxiliary - Cape Coral, Vicki Matsko, Waggoner & Bruell Law Office, Walgreens, Waste Management, Waterfront Restaurant, Wet Life Paddle Boards, Whiskey Throttle, WildChild Art Gallery, Wildfly Charters, Winn-Dixie, Women of the Moose - Pine Island and Woody's Waterside. For fear of missing just one name, please know that your donation and support are always greatly appreciated.
To all of our volunteers; job well done! It was quite obvious that Matlacha Hookers do have fun at everything that they do.
A very special thank you goes out to Lisa, Earl and the crew at Olde Fish House. You all were gracious hosts at all times and truly gave us the run of the place.
Our members are truly dedicated to our community, and indeed strive to "Make a Positive Difference in Our Community" each and every day. The next time that you'll see the Matlacha Hookers hard at work will be Saturday, Nov. 23 at the 14th annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival hosted by the Matlacha Mariners. See you there!
Madam Dj Vu