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May 22, 2017

Staff Contact
Melanie Green, Communications Director
MGreen@NEFAR.org
Voice (904) 394-9139
Fax (904) 398-8025

2017 NEFAR President
Marc Jernigan
MarcSellsJax@gmail.com
Voice (904) 662-3400



$34,508 Raised by NEFAR at 14th Annual Charity Bass Fishing Tournament
NEFAR has donated $324,436 to Haven Hospice from Bass Tournaments since inception.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) held its 14th Annual Charity Bass Fishing Tournament and Family Fun Day on April 29, along the St. Johns River in Palatka (Palatka City Docks and Amphitheatre at U.S. 17).

The catch-and-release Tournament and Family Fun Day netted $34,508 for donation to Haven Hospice. 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.

There were 183 fishing teams / boats entered in the 2017 Tournament. As teams fished, the Family Fun Day was enjoyed by the public, who browsed the wares and services at 14 vendor booths. The Family Fun Day offers something for everyone, with activities including a big slide for children, children’s fish tank fishing (catch and release a live fish), Reel Kids Casting Skills Contest, and live music. A special appearance by Gatorland of Orlando’s “Dean of Alligator Wrestling” Tim Williams, accompanied by live alligators and other reptiles for visitors to touch and hold, is among the most popular attractions. With the exception of food and merchandise purchases from vendor booths, all Family Fun Day activities are provided free of charge.

After the 3 p.m. weigh-in, fishing team prizes were awarded and drawings for door prizes were held. More than two dozen participants earned cash prices, including Tournament winners Bobby Johnson and Judith Foxx-Johnson, Biggest Bass winner Michael S. Johnson, and Average Jose winner Tom Brooks.

2017 NEFAR President Marc Jernigan said, “NEFAR is fortunate to have many members who volunteer in a variety of civic and charitable organizations and activities. Our annual NEFAR Charity Bass Fishing Tournament is one way in which we collectively demonstrate NEFAR good works; supporting the communities of Northeast Florida that support us.”

About NEFAR
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 7,500 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

Haven Hospice is a not-for-profit, community hospice organization providing comprehensive services since 1979 and licensed in Florida since 1980. Haven is North Florida's expert in end-of-life and palliative care, receiving national recognition as a Circle of Life Award Recipient from the American Hospital Association for its excellence and innovation. Haven has also been recognized as a Florida Pacesetter for its leadership in promoting advance directives. For more than 38 years, Haven has had the honor and privilege to serve more than 110,000 patients and families in North Florida. For more information, visit www.havenhospice.org or call 800-727-1889.

Event Photos
High resolution event photos, including a check presentation to Haven Hospice, are available
at this Dropbox link.

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