June 2011 News

After a slow start to the season, the weather is finally beginning to warm up and we are hearing reports of bluefin being caught. The 10th annual Big Game Battle is quickly approaching and the tournament committee continues to strive to make this year’s event the most memorable. Participation continues to be positive with nearly 27 boats registered for the event. We do have a few openings available and we encourage people to continue to spread the word to friends and colleagues.

This year we are proud to announce that the charity aspect of the event will continue based on your overwhelming generosity for IRSF last year. We have decided to support two charities for the 2011 tournament: “The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp” and “Camp Harborview”. These wonderful foundations provide terminally ill children and inner city youth oppotunities to experience attending summer camp. We encourage you to learn more about these camps at their websites: www.holeinthewallgang.org and www.chvf.org.

Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a nonprofit, year-round center serving children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other serious illnesses. Through summer sessions and family weekend programs at the Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, and year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics throughout the Northeast, the Camp will serve more than 17,500 children in 2011. Camp activities and caring counselors bring a sense of normalcy and adventure to children burdened with serious illness. All services are free of charge.

Camp Harbor View is a summer camp serving close to 1000 inner-city kids from Boston’s at-risk neighborhoods. Using 5 Key Areas of Development

  • Aquatics
  • The Arts
  • Sports & Fitness
  • Leadership Skills
  • Knowledge is Power

the foundation hopes to broaden the horizons of campers and encourage them to gain confidence and think outside the box. The camp has also developed extensive off-season programming that has enabled the staff to stay in touch with the campers and their families even when camp is not in session.

The fundraising for this year’s event will remain similar to last year with a portion of each boat entry being donated directly to the charities and the main fundraising coming from the raffle, silent auction and live auction.

There are many expenses connected with running the Big Game Battle. In the past, we have relied exclusively on our tournament registration fees, our volunteer committee’s time and effort, personal contributions and donations by local and national businesses. Last year, we were grateful to have received overwhelming support and sponsorship from several individuals as well as many organizations and we are looking to build on that success in 2011!

In an effort to maximize our charitable impact to Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Camp Harborview, we are reaching out to individuals and organizations for help with tournament prizes and raffle items. This year we are going to offer sponsorship opportunities to participating companies, individuals or teams, in an effort to continue our charitable success. We truly hope that you will consider becoming a sponsor for this 10th Annual Big Game Battle. As always the committee will continue to work to make this year the best tournament of the summer for all involved.

Just as a reminder, the schedule for the weekend is as follows:

  • August 11th – Arrive on Nantucket. Captain’s meeting 7pm at Captain Tobey’s
  • August 12th – First day of fishing
  • August 13th – Second day of fishing with awards banquet at 7pm at Captain Tobey’s
  • August 14th – Depart Nantucket

Big Game Battle
Sponsorship Level

Marlin Sponsor -$2,500
Logo on all tournament banners
Logo on all tournament mailers
Logo to be placed on commemorative 10th Annual cooler
Logo in all programs
Logo/link to your website on Big Game Battle website

Bluefin Sponsor – $1,000
Logo on 1 event banner
Logo in program
Logo Website
Yellowfin Sponsor – $500
Sponsorship of raffle item
Logo in program
Logo/link to your website on Big Game Battle website

Wahoo – $250
Logo in program
Logo on website

Sponsorships in the form of raffle or auction items in lieu of cash donations are also encouraged!
The Big Game Battle Committee also has some unique sponsorship opportunities for interested parties. For any questions or further information about sponsorship of the 10th Annual Big Game Battle please contact one of us directly.

Don O’Neill

Michael McCarthy

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