May 18, 2013 6:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:30 am -  5:00 pm

Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation will hold its 37th Annual Blue Water Open Dolphin Mania Charity Fishing Tournament on Saturday, May 18, at 6:30 am. The fish weigh-in takes place by 4:30pm at Fort Pierce City Marina where awards will be presented at 5:00 pm. The Treasure Coast-wide dolphin-only event is one of the area's oldest tournaments. First prize for the largest dolphin weighed in is $5,000, second prize is $2,000, and third prize is $1,000. Five Bounty Booty Winners will receive $400 each. The mandatory Captains' Meeting will be held Friday, May 17, from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Marina's bleachers. The weather date is Sunday, May 19.

The entry fee for this year's Dolphin Mania is $250 ($200 before May 10); to enter the optional Mahi Moolah is an additional $100. For convenience, anglers may register and pay the entrance fee for the tournament at; they may also enter by mail or on the night of the Captains' meeting. If fewer than sixty boats enter, the prize money will be prorated.

All the proceeds - 100% - of this popular tournament benefit local projects for the prevention of child abuse in the local community, according to John Binkley, tournament chair. The needs of many children are overwhelming, especially at this time of economic stress. Although child abuse is a significant and increasing problem on the Treasure Coast, it can be prevented. Please join the Foundation in the fight against child abuse and neglect.

It's not too late to consider becoming a sponsor of the Blue Water Open. Cash donations in any amount and gifts of door prizes, raffle items, coupons, and gift certificates are welcome.

Early sponsors include Crockett Insurance, Publix, Donadio & Associates, and Warren Lewis and Scott Wallace of Wells Fargo Advisors. Additional sponsors include Marllyn Justice CPA, DeBrooks Fishing Corner, Professional Outfitters, Armfield-Wagner, Inc., C. Pickel Studio, Inc., Center State Bank, Colkitt Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal, Culinary Capers, Edlund-Dritenbas-Binkley Architects, Florida Copy Data, Gold Coast Turbine, Indian River Survey, MBV Engineering, Proctor Construction, Rossway Moore Taylor and Swan, Seacoast National Bank, Structure-Con, Vatland Honda, and Westside Reprographics.

The Press Journal is the tournament's media sponsor. Other major in-kind sponsors include Fort Pierce City Marina, Clear Channel Radio, and Idea Garden Advertising & Production House.

Persons interested in additional information about sponsoring or participating in the tournament, working for prevention of child abuse, or donating to the Foundation may seek further information from tournament chair John Binkley at 772-532-9375, club president Aaron Bowles at 772-569-0035, or by emailing or Tournament details are also available at the tournament website, http:/, or at http:/

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