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$20,000 the final tally for Smiles after $4,100 donation by Minerva’s Tackle


BY PAT McDONELL Director, Cabo Tuna Jackpot

The final pieces of the 2017 Cabo Tuna Jackpot event are falling into place, including the final tally of the fundraising for SmilesInternationalFoundation.org. The foundation is the desifnated charity of the CTJ and performs cranial and facial surgeries to correct cleft palette deformities on poor Baja children at two Cabo clinics. The Foundation is run by Dr. Jeff Moses and directed by his wife Maribel Moses.


THE 2017 SURGICAL CREW from the U.S. and Mexico at the clinic.

The help of many sponsors at the 19th annual tournament we raised $20,000. The final donation came this week when Minerva’s Tackle wrote a check for $4,100, the amount she and her staff collected in T-Shirt sales at the tournament check-in. Many thanks go out to Minerva Smith Saenz and her husband Bob Smith for donating 100 percent of the proceeds of the shirt sales to Smiles for the third straight year.

So many people gave their time and donations. Dave and Amy Bulthuis of Costa sunglasses raised well over $10,000 at the event in various ways, and hosted two Costa start boat charters on a Cabo Escape at $30 each, as well as those anglers who provided direct donations and who bid and won silent and live auctions at the awards dinner. Bonnie and Scott Womack fished in the tourney again, and were driving forces this year in the fundraising, which will continue to be directed to Smiles for 2018, at the 20th annual event slated Nov. 7-10.


DR. JEFF MOSES AND Maribel Moses who direct the Foundation and coordinate the medical personnel volunteers.

The collected money, 100 percent of it, goes to the surgical instruments used by the many volunteer doctors and medical personnel at the two clinics.


A FAMILY return after the healing from the first surgery on their daughter. The results are amazing, but it is just the first step in corrective measures the clinic follow up on twice a year.

If interested more in the this foundation and their work, see this video commissioned by Western Outdoor News/Cabo Tuna Jackpot, and a feature story by director Pat McDonell on the incredible work done by the volunteers, all coordinated by Dr. Jeff Moses and Maribel Moses with the help of the Cabo Rotary Club which arranges for lodging and meals for the families in Cabo. Amazing work and effort to help these children and families. It is hard to put a price tag on the effect these surgeries have.


TWO MOTHERS with their children await processing and scheduling at the clinic.


Click here to watch the video.

Click here for the complete story.

The two clinics this year will take place:

April 2018: Saturday April 21 -- Saturday April 28, 2018

October 2018: Saturday Oct. 20, 2018 -- Saturday Oct. 27. 2018


MINERVA SMITH and her staff at Minerva’s Tackle in Cabo, the premier shop in Cabo for sportfishing needs. She also charters three Minerva sportfishers in high demand.