Receiving the Freshwater Classic’s giant check, from England Reeves, left, and Joey D’Isernia, both from ESG, are Brent Patrick and Lori Allen, from the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. [ Eastern Shipbuilding Charities, Inc. | Contributed ]
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Children’s advocacy group wins big at ESG Freshwater Classic

The Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, a multicounty outreach to victims of child abuse and sexual violence, where the big winners May 19 at the Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s 22nd annual ESG Freshwater Classic on the Apalachicola River. 

At the Sunday afternoon weigh-in at Wewahitchka’s Gaskin Park public boat ramp, Eastern Shipbuilding Charities, Inc. presented a $30,000 check to which since March 2000, provided a refuge for victims and their families to cope with the crimes of child abuse and sexual assault while reducing the fear and further trauma that disclosure and investigation often creates.

The group provides services with two offices in Port St. Joe, on the third floor of 212 Highway 98, as well as at 101 Reid Avenue.

Gulf Coast CAC’s outreach also extends to Lynn Haven, Panama City and Panama City Beach, in Bay County; to Blountstown in Calhoun County; to Marianna in Jackson County; to Chipley in Washington County; and to Bonifay in Holmes County.

This year’s freshwater tournament drew 550 registered participants. 

Hosted by Justin Leake of the television show “Chasin the Sun” on the Discovery Channel, the friendly competition featured a 2,000-gallon live fish display tank, local food vendors, and a chance to win prizes in the charity raffle. 

At the weigh-in, emerging victorious for bass was John Young, of the Phoenix Labor Group, whose catch weighed 14.99 pounds. In the youth category for bass. Easton Reeves’ 3.68 pounder earned him the top prize.

For catfish, Hank Girardot from ESG was the top adult with a 33.11-pound catch, while Addie Bronson was the premier youth with a 1.88-pound catfish.

For panfish, James Eason from ESG topped the scales with a 10.33 pounder, while Logan Shiver was the best among the youth with a catch that was a little more than 13.25 ounces. 

For trash fish, Tyler Whitten from Gulf Coast Electric Coop did the best, with a 16.51-pound catch.

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

One Comment

  1. Great article David, as your article states Eastern provides lots of support for CAC and hopefully you can continue supporting the Eastern group for local Big Bend job opportunities that are available daily. Its great to know that our local youth has the opportunity to seek employment (not the easiest jobs), but trade opportunities that this country needs to promote. Thanks again!!

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