Orphans win “Super Bowl of Fishing Tournaments,” Reel In $250K for Casa Hogar

November 26, 2014

“A boat full of orphans and a 400-pound marlin. That’s the news…” – Rachel Maddow

The success of this year’s Bisbee’s Black & Blue Fishing Tournament looked bleak in the wake of Hurricane Odile, which followed a path of destruction through host city Cabo San Lucas in mid-September. But a combination of local determination, help from Richards Partners client Bisbee’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund, and perhaps even some divine intervention, made it the most successful Bisbee’s in recent years. And in a “reel”-life David & Goliath twist, a team of local orphans and a caregiver – fishing neophytes all – caught a 385-pound blue marlin to win the tournament. The Casa Hogar team pledged their $258,325 prize money to the home they share with 42 other children without parents.

Just days after Odile passed through, Bisbee’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund’s “Cabo Relief Fund” introduced the “Bisbee Cabo Charter Hook-up,” a program that paid the entry fee for any team that agreed to hire a local boat, simultaneously stimulating the local economy and giving anglers a chance to check an item off personal bucket lists. It was through this program that the Casa Hogar boys, and dozens of other teams, were able to enter.  

This wasn’t the only relief effort spearheaded by Bisbee’s. To date, the Cabo Relief Fund has raised more than $750,000 and is responsible for:

·      2,000 clean water systems, each providing potable water up to 100 people per day for five years, distributed through Waves for Water

·      15 homes built; which will continue over the coming months

·      Funding for local charter boat repairs

·      Several tons of food distributed

Rachel Maddow promptly named the “Casa Hogar catch” that week’s “Best New Thing” and the news was also eagerly shared by the Huffington Post and the Good News Network.