One hundred and eighty-nine boats participated in the 13th annual Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) Bass Tournament on April 30 which raised $39,426 to benefit the unreimbursed programs and services provided by Haven Hospice to patients and families in Palatka and the surrounding areas. This was an increase of 38 boats and over $4,000 raised from the 2015 event.
Contestants headed out at safe light while the Family Fun Day hosted by NEFAR began at 11 a.m. Twenty vendors hosted booths for families and fisherman including Vexan Rods, Animals from Gatorland and Fish On’. More than two dozen participants walked away with cash prizes including Tournament Winners Larry Cahan and David Cahan, Biggest Fish Winner Wayne Martin, and Average Joe Winners Keith Ford and Roger Helm. Stalvey’s BBQ cooked rib and chicken dinners at the event for attendees and donated the proceeds of their sales to Haven Hospice.
“This is my fourth year organizing the tournament,” said NEFAR Putnam Council Chairperson Becky Williams. “In that time, I have seen this tournament grow from about 60 boats to over 180. We are very excited about that growth which has allowed us to steadily increase the amount donated to Haven Hospice through this event.”