A check was presented to the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center at the tournament’s weigh-in in Wewahitchka. Pictured, from left, are: England Reeves, director of operations for Port St Joe Shipyard; Lori Allen, executive director of Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center; and Joey D’Isernia, chairman and CEO of Eastern Shipbuilding Group. [ Eastern Shipbuilding Group | Contributed ]
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Freshwater fishing tournament raises money for children’s advocacy center

On Saturday, Eastern Shipbuilding Group held its 2023 Freshwater Classic on the Apalachicola River.

The competition included a 600 gallon live fish display tank, local sponsors, a breakfast and lunch food service and a chance to win prizes in the charity raffle.

Each year, the event draws hundreds of employees, vendors and local sponsors to raise funds for this initiative. 

“Special thanks and recognitions go out to our local Port St Joe sponsors, including Duren’s Piggly Wiggly, Port St. Joe Hardware and St Joe Rent-All,” said Eastern Shipbuilding Group in a press release. “Their generosity greatly impacted the success of this 21st annual event.”

This year’s tournament benefited the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Panama City.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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