Local CCA chapter raises $60,000 to preserve fisheries and take a kid fishing


Clayton Bonjean looks over the array of goodies up for auction.

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 05:41 PM.

The local chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association holds only one fundraiser annually to fund its mission of helping preserve recreational fishing opportunities. That fundraiser was held Dec. 6, and when the monies were tallied, the event had grossed $60,000.

That number, with a net showing of $32,000 after expenses, is more than double last year's numbers, said outgoing chapter president Andy McAlexander.

A sold-out crowd of 120 enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and wine while browsing among the 25 donated items up for bid in the silent auction that included 20 trips to locations from Ireland to Argentina, an electric golf cart valued at $4,300, a 12-piece cook set from Emeril, $1,200 worth of gift certificates from restaurants on 30A, and a Hobie Kayak from Yellowfin Oceansports.

The electric golf cart brought in the highest ticket amount at $2,800.

A sit-down buffet dinner followed the walkabout.

McAlexander, along with five others, founded the CCA chapter seven years ago.

"I wanted to be involved with CCA because it's a great organization that helps preserve recreational fishing opportunities for years to come," he said. "This is the group that got a ban put on gill net fishing that saved the red fish from extinction, and I am a father who enjoys fishing with my kids, so, it is a good fit for me."

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