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Charity: Sponsors, staff, Cabo residents give back

$20,000 raised for two children's facilities in Cabo

WON Staff Writer

AT THE FIESTA, COSTA'S DAVE BULTHUIS announced the 50-50 for $50 Drawing results. Scott Golden of Odessa, Fl., wearing, Costa sunglasses, was the winner of $1,750. with the proceeds going to local Los Cabos children's charities. Golden's team also won their choice of four pair of Costa sunglasses.

The most satisfying aspect of the event was that we raised just over $20,000 for two children's charities in Cabo. The two facilities are Nuevo Creation, an orphanage for youngsters who were in, or headed to, a life of the streets and drugs, and the other facility is Los Ninos Del Capitan, a day care for children of single, working mothers.

It started with an idea just before the tourney to use the Early Bird prize package and instead conduct a charity raffle with sold tickets, and morphed into much more to benefit two children's charities.

In the past years we have usually had a donated painting or sculpture to auction off as the foundation for the fundraising effort, but this year we didn't have one. Times are tough for artists. Charity was served, though.

At the Fiesta on Thursday, in a surprise move, two trips to Alaska were offered up for auction by R.W.s Guide Service that netted $6,200. Dave Bulthuis of Costa sunglasses had also devised a 50-50 for $50 drawing that netted $1,700 and was won by Scott Golden of Odessa, Florida from Team Deep Blue.

TWO TRIPS to Alaska's R.W.'s Fishing & Big Eddy's Resort valued at $3,100 were won by two tourney anglers, Ken and Bob, for a total of $6,200 to benefit two children charities.

A huge boost came when Ken Eberle of Woodlands, Texas of Team 100 that was fishing on the Pisces Fleet's Ruthless won the $10,000 Grand Charity Raffle at the end of the awards dinner and immediately donated the monster prize package of tackle and trips back for auction.

Tourney champion John Pentz of Cabo San Lucas and team captain of the Reel and Deal outbid two others for the $6,000 prize package to conclude the awards ceremony and the tournament and push the charity fund for 2010 to just over $20,000. Incredible.

There was also another donation, made later and not announced at the awards. Tracy and Marco Ehrenberg came forward after the event, we later learned, and donated $4,000 to the Sustainable Fisheries program in Baja California Sur.

MINERVA SMITH of Minerva's Tackle and sportfishing gave the details of the two children's charities the Grand Prize Raffle and other fundraisers would benefit.

THE BIDDING at the awards dinner was spirited for the Grand Charity Raffle prize offered up by Texan angler Ken Eberle, right. At left is director Pat McDonell, and auction winner and local angler John Pentz, middle, who was captain of the championship team Reel and Deal. PHOTOS BY GARY GRAHAM

CHARITY WAS a team effort, either from sponsors who donated or the anglers or local businesses who supported the event. From left, director Pat McDonell, Baja Fish Gear's Ed Tschernoscha, John Pentz who won the auction, Tracy Ehreberg of Pisces Fleet, and Ken Eberle, who donated the $10,000 prize package back for auction.