Combat wounded veterans from as far as Tennessee and Mississippi spent Saturday fishing and feasting as part of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors® Fourth Annual Soldiers on the Water event.
The event gave more than 115 military men and women, injured in the line of duty, a day of deep-sea fishing on the Gulf. The soldiers weathered early morning showers and pesky dolphins to catch their fish, but they all returned in good spirits.
Organizers were excited to announce that the event had grown nearly fourfold in participation in the past 4-years.
“Soldiers on the Water is our gesture of thanks, it is our salute to you,” said Chris Carter, the Chair of the Soldiers on the Water Task Force.
Thanks to the generosity of Realtor® members, boat captains and sponsors it is now a highly anticipated mainstay for the Realtor® Association.
“Being a part of a community with such a strong military history and population, I feel it is both our duty and honor to recognize the many sacrifices of our armed forces,” said Cathy Alley, 2016 president of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors®.
The veterans ended their day with a fish fry and the announcement of the day’s fishing tournament prize winners at Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer.
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Thank you to our amazing sponsors!
Keller Williams, USAA, World Impact, Utility Solutions Group, Destin Surgery Center (Dr. Scott Ennis, Dr. James Moody & Destin Anesthesia, PA), Secured Transportation Services
Waterstone Mortage, Prime Lending, Beach Community Bank, Gulf Coast Insulation, ERA American Real Estate, Regions Bank, Bradey Title, 1st Defense Home Inspections, McNeese Title, Auxillary Club to the VFW, Berkshire Hathaway, Century 21 Wilson Minger, Centennial Bank, Emerald Coast Associates, Mitchell Land & Title, Women's Council of Realtors, Doug and Dora Courtney, Alice Zachar, Janice Busovne - KW, Carli Harman - KW & Uber Realty.
Also, BIG thanks to...
K.I.S.S. Bakery, Firehouse Subs, Brotula's Seafood House and Steamer, DJ Mike Currie, JJ Botelho - Ultimate Guide SVC, Robbie Broester - Fish n Daze, Joey Sauvague - Panhandle Fishing Charters, Elaine Rogers - Scallywag Charters, William Pugh - Rocked Up, Bobby Dove - Hooligan Charters, Jordan Smith - Lets Fish Destin, Sean Cramer - Jamie Sea, Jayson Self - King of Kings, Mike Dates - First Shot, Judah Barbee - Stelluna, Royce Dahnke - Locked Up, Bernie Lefebvre - Windwalker II, TJ George High Cotton, Trade Winds and Destin Princess.