7801 Deercreek Club Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

April 23, 2018

Staff Contact
Melanie Green, Communications Director
Voice (904) 394-9139
Fax (904) 398-8025

2018 NEFAR President
Charles "Ben" Bates
Voice (386) 328-6716

April 28 NEFAR's 15th Annual Charity Bass Fishing Tournament
Catch and release Tournament offers big money prizes to fishing teams and Family Fun Day is free fun for the public. All proceeds are donated to Haven Hospice.

Jacksonville, Fla. – For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) will raise funds for Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka through a catch-and-release Charity Bass Fishing Tournament and Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 28, along the St. Johns River in Palatka (Riverfront Park on U.S. 17).
Two-person fishing teams will leave from Palatka City Dock at Riverfront Park at safe light with weigh-in scheduled for 3 p.m. Teams compete for prizes, including a $7,500 guaranteed payback for first place, $3,000 guaranteed payback for second place, $1,500 guaranteed payback for third place, $1,000 guaranteed payback for the Tournament big bass and $500 guaranteed payback for second big bass, and more. A $250 cash drawing for fishing team members who are present immediately follows the Tournament.

While teams fish, the Family Fun Day will be enjoyed by members of the public from noon until 5 p.m. Activities for the whole family are available, including a giant inflatable slide for children, children’s fish tank fishing experience (catch and release a live fish), Reel Kids Casting Contest for prizes, a Mason’s Kids ID Program, and many food, beverage and merchandise vendor booths. With the exception of food / beverage and merchandise purchases from booths, all Family Fun Day activities are free of charge.

Online registration for fishing teams is available through April 26 for $120 per boat. Fishing teams can also register and pay onsite the day of the event.

NEFAR donates one hundred percent of all proceeds raised to the Care Center. Since inception, NEFAR has raised $324,546 to benefit the unreimbursed programs and services provided by Haven Hospice to patients and families in Palatka and the surrounding areas.

2018 NEFAR President Ben Bates said, “At some point, nearly every person will know someone who needs the compassionate care provided by hospice. NEFAR is happy to have been able to support Haven Hospice for the past 15 years, which in turn helps provide care to the members of the Northeast Florida communities that support us.”

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors provides professional development, political advocacy, professional standards administration, media relations, and promotional activities and exchange of information among its members. NEFAR serves as the voice for real estate in northeast Florida; serving the public through efforts to protect private property rights and community affairs programs. NEFAR is Northeast Florida's largest professional association, comprising roughly 8,000 members working in all facets of the real estate industry, including residential and commercial sales as well as property management. NEFAR has a wholly owned subsidiary, the Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (NEFMLS), and is headquartered in Jacksonville, with satellite Service Centers in Orange Park, Jacksonville Beach, Palatka and World Golf Village.

About Haven Hospice
Serving North Florida since 1979 and licensed as a not-for-profit hospice since 1980, Haven Hospice has been honored and privileged to care for more than 45,000 patients and families. The organization is home to offices in Chiefland, DeLand, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Palatka, the Keys and St. Augustine, covering 18 counties and more than 13,000 square miles. Haven Hospice pioneered freestanding hospice care centers throughout the North Florida region. Their inpatient care centers in Chiefland, Gainesville, Lake City, Orange Park, Palatka and soon-to-be Jacksonville are conveniently located to serve patients and families throughout Northeast Florida.

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