As TBF’s 350 masked guests entered the Enchanted Forest full of luscious trees and lights they came under the spell of the evenings mystical ambiance, plus Bacardi’s libations and the radiant glow from two elegant, top of the line, JM Lexus vehicles. Further temptations abounded with the exquisite food prepared by the chefs at the Harbor Beach Marriott and fantastic items offered in the silent and live auctions. The live auction items were breath taking and included Dustin Cole’s magnificent 11-foot wooden marlin sculpture, a customized 13-foot Dragonfly Boatworks paddle board, a trip for 4 with 3 days fishing at the world famous Casa Vieja Lodge, a very limited edition “Miracle Fish” silkscreen sailfish print, trip to Canada’s five star famous West Coast Fishing Club lodge in British Columbia, an exquisite Renee Bemis blue marlin sculpture in bronze, an Offshore Fishing League’s fishing trip with legends Peter Wright and Charles Perry, and an exciting fishing trip at the famous Harry Gaines Fishing Lodge in Alaska along with a helicopter glacier trip. The Gala was designed and produced by Robert Stanfield, Event Planner, BocaRaton.com.
Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award Winners
C.M. “Rip” Cunningham, Boston, MA., Saltwater Sportsman Magazine
Herman “Dutch” Prager, Mandeville, LA, New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club
Dr. Julian Pepperell, Queensland, Australia, Blue Water Magazine
Distinguished Captain Award, Gulf of Mexico • Captain Jimmy Lunsford, Long Beach, MS
“Good conservation pays”a regular mantra for TBF when calling on businesses to contribute to events and programs; we know TBF’s conservation successes insure fish in the water, which drives customers to purchase from our sponsoring sportfishing and boating businesses.
If you purchase from TBF’s Gala sponsors in 2015, send TBF a photo of you making the transaction or evidence thereof and we’ll post it on our website and you will receive a thank you gift!
The Enchanted Forest’s Top Event Sponsors “Heroes for the 2014 Gala”
Louisiana Cat • Bacardi
Dragonfly Boatworks • Cox Maritime Law • Casa de Campo Marina
Garmin • One Vanilla • West Coast Fishing Club • Casa Vieja Lodge
Harry Gaines Kenai River Fishing • Kenai River Sportfishing Association • JM Lexus
C&L Insurance • King Sailfish Release Mounts • Blue Haven Resort & Panoply Charters
Top Evening Check Donors
Hatteras Blue Marlin Club – $50,000 • Mobile Big Game Fishing Club – $39,000
Costa Sunglasses – $27,823.69 • Orange Beach Billfish Classic – $26,000
Presidential Challenge – $20,000
Enchanted Forest Honorees
Guests representing sportfishing clubs, tournaments, magazines, observers,
charter and private boat owners, resorts, artists, business leaders, captains, anglers,
mates and all other donors who attended and/or supported our event.
Our collective sportfishing successes are dependent
upon helping one another in conservation and commerce.
TBF Board Members and Staff
Mark your calendar for FRIDAY, November 6, for TBF’s 2015 Gala!