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

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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