Honoring Ed Alber
June 15-16, 2018
Join us June 15-16, 2018 for the Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo, Honoring Tampa Bay Watch founding board member Ed Alber. The Tarpon Rodeo is an all catch-and-release tournament on Tampa Bay to benefit our restoration projects and education programs. Anglers launch from the starting point at the Fort De Soto boat ramp for the half-day tournament. Fish are called in by the boat captain and logged by professional CCA judges. The exciting post-tournament Castaway Soirée includes a silent auction, live auction, vendors, and great food and drinks at the TradeWinds Island Resort on St. Pete Beach. It's your turn to bring home the trophy—are you ready to join the hunt for the Silver King?!
Friday, June 15
12 pm: Mandatory Captain’s Meeting and Rules Reading by CCA at Tampa Bay Watch. Lunch provided by Bonefish Grill
2 pm: Tarpon Rodeo Shotgun Start, Ft De Soto Boat Ramp
8 pm: Tournament conclusion. Winners are announced the next day, June 16, at the Castaway Soirée, TradeWinds Island Resort
Saturday, June 16
6 pm: The Castaway Soirée at TradeWinds Island Resort. Dinner, libations, vendors and auctions, live music and Tarpon Rodeo Tournament Award Presentation.
Contact Pamela Arbisi with questions about this event.
THE Bagniefski family
PHOTOGRAPHY SPONSOR IN-KIND ADVERTISING
Mike and Rita Wilson
Larry Weiner & Yvonne Grimm
The 13th Annual Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo has a bold new look to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Tampa Bay Watch! You are invited to cast a line into the beautiful Tampa Bay as your team embarks on the Mission to Restore by participating in the All-Release Tarpon Tournament Friday, June 15.
Ahoy Castaway party-seekers! Something fresh is drifting ashore in 2018! Join us for the NEW Castaway Soirée after-party at TradeWinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, on Saturday, June 16. Enjoy libations and cuisine, auctions, vendors, and live entertainment at the Castaway Soirée where tournament winners will be announced. Special Sponsorships are created to allow your business to be appreciated by over 400 salty anglers and mermaids! Join us for the summer island bash; no fishing pole required.
Tournament: Friday, June 15: 2pm-8pm
Tournament Angler Entries
Friday, June 15
All teams launch from Fort De Soto boat ramp at 2pm sharp.
3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, Fl 33715
12pm- Mandatory Captain’s Meeting and Rules Reading by CCA at Tampa Bay Watch. Lunch provided by Bonefish Grill in the TBW Community Room, 2nd Floor
2pm- Tarpon Rodeo Shotgun Start, Ft De Soto Boat Ramp
8pm- Tournament conclusion. No submissions are accepted by CCA after 8:00pm but you DO NOT have to return to the dock by 8pm to remain qualified. Winners are announced the next day, June 16, at the Castaway Soirée, TradeWinds Island Resort. One team member (angler) must be present to collect the prize purse winnings.
Team check-in and mandatory rules reading in the Tampa Bay Watch Community Room
3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715.
Additional parking along the grassy areas of the Bayway.
Click headers below for information
about each Tournament sponsorship level.
$5,000 Gold Sponsorship
*based upon a mutually agreed upon date
$3,000 Silver Sponsorship
$1,500 Bronze Entry
*Bronze Entries may add up to 6 Individual Castaway Soirée event tickets for $75 each to reserve a private table*
$10,000 Platinum “Presenting” Sponsorship EXCLUSIVE
**Guest count includes four (4) seats for Team Captains and Mates
Thank you, Great Bay Distributors!
Castaway Soirée: Saturday, June 16: 6pm
Saturday, June 16
Guests enjoy dinner and cocktails at TradeWinds Island Resorts, Pavilion
5500 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
6pm- Doors open
7:30pm- Tournament winners announced
Complimentary valet and self-parking available.
Click headers below for information
about each Soirée sponsorship level
“Summer Beats” MAJOR BAND SPONSOR- $3,000
“Island Time” AUCTION SUPPORTING SPONSOR- $2,500
“Sunset & Sustainability” Eco-Choice SPONSOR- $2,000
“Castaway Krewe” TABLE SPONSOR- $1,000
Castaway Soirée IN-KIND SPONSORSHIPS- $1,500-2,000
“Salty Sweets” DESSERT SPONSOR- $2,000 In-Kind
“Exotic Moments” PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPORTING SPONSOR- $1,500-In Kind
Castaway Soirée GUEST TICKETS- $100
Individual Guest Ticket - $100 non-members/$90 current members
Ahoy, Castaway party-seekers! Something fresh is drifting ashore in 2018! Join us for the NEW Castaway Soirée after-party at TradeWinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, on Saturday, June 16. Enjoy libations and cuisine, auctions, vendors, and live entertainment at the Castaway Soirée where tournament winners will be announced. Special Sponsorships are created to allow your business to be appreciated by over 400 salty anglers and mermaids! Join us for the summer island bash, no fishing pole required.
6 pm- The Castaway Soirée at TradeWinds Island Resort. Dinner, libations, vendors and auctions, live music and Tarpon Rodeo Tournament Award Presentation.
Location: TradeWinds Island Resort Pavilion (5500 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, 33706). Valet parking is provided.
Contact Pamela Arbisi with questions.
Dear Friend of the Bay,
Tampa Bay Watch is thrilled to welcome you to the 13th Annual Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée presented by Great Bay Distributors on June 15-16, 2018!
Each year the exciting catch-and-release tarpon tournament on Tampa Bay benefits critical coastline projects and hands-on marine education programs for local kids. Our mission is simple: We are dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs.
The Tarpon Rodeo welcomes over 300+ guests to a 2-day celebration including the Captain’s Meeting and All-Release Tarpon Rodeo honoring Ed Alber on June 15, followed by the Castaway Soirée after-party and Award Ceremony open to the community on June 16. The Castaway Soirée will be held at Tradewinds Island Resort on St. Pete Beach and is where we will announce the winners of the Tarpon Rodeo. In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening's festivities will include dinner and libations, live and silent auctions, live entertainment, and more.
Auction Donations Needed at the Castaway Soirée
We hope that you will consider an in-kind contribution to the exclusive auction to help support the mission to restore Tampa Bay. The silent and live auctions are a favorite feature of the event and auction donors receive recognition and great exposure to during the event. All monies directly benefit our various year-round programs. Last year’s auction proceeds exceeded $45,000, providing essential funds for Tampa Bay Watch’s restoration and educational programs. Click here, or on the form at right to download the donation form!
Contact Madison Frank with questions about auction donations.
Call for Vendors!
The Castaway Soirée event also has very limited opportunities for vendors to showcase your products or services to between 300-400 guests who share a love of Tampa Bay’s beautiful estuary and all it has to offer.
Vendor space proceeds will help support Tampa Bay Watch in its endeavor to restore and protect the beautiful Tampa Bay estuary.
If you have any questions or require additional information, I welcome you to contact me.
Thank you for your consideration, and for your support of Tampa Bay Watch!
Contact Dawn Sexauer Ladd with vendor questions.
About Ed Alber
Born in St. Louise, Ed moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1989. He graduated in 1956 from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and after 42 years in the defense industry, retired as Director of Communications from Primex Technologies. Always active in state and local politics, Ed remained as a consultant for General Dynamics into retirement.
Besides being one of the founding members of the Board of Directors for Tampa Bay Watch, Ed also developed the Tampa Bay Restoration Foundation, worked on the acquisition and development of the marine and education center, created benefit fishing tournaments and facilitated long-term corporate supporters of Tampa Bay Watch.
Thank you to Great Bay Distributors and the generous sponsors, fishing teams, Tampa Bay Watch friends, family & volunteers who made the 2017 11th Annual Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo the best on record! We are proud to announce that the event netted over $101,000 for bay restoration and education!
TradeWinds Island Resort hosted a lovely evening for The Captain's Banquet on Thursday, June 2. Beautifully set and with world class service, 300 guests came together for a night of exciting live and silent auctions and bidding for the Ed Alber Education Fund.
Congratulations to Great Bay Distributors for taking 1st Place in the Great Bay Guardians Division with 5 tarpon, and Team Behnke for taking 1st Place in the Sport Division with 5 tarpon as well. 29 teams safely released at least 36 tarpon during the Friday tournament!
Enjoy images from the 2017 tournament and awards dinner (courtesy of Linda Weekley) by clicking these categories:
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