Sportsperson-of-the-Year Dinner

By Paul Turi, Co-Chairman

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association December 2011 Newsletter)

On Sunday, November 13th, JCAA held its annual Sportsperson-of-the-Year award dinner at the beautiful Crystal Pt. Yacht Club in Pt. Pleasant. This year's honoree was Senator Bob Smith. Senator Smith was nominated for this award by the Berkeley Striper Club and was elected by JCAA member clubs at our general membership meeting in October. On behalf of the JCAA and its member clubs, I would like to congratulate Senator Smith on being elected this year's sportsperson-of-the-year.

On hand to honor Senator Smith was our keynote speaker for the evening, Senator Robert Menendez. Also in attendance was Congressman Frank Pallone.

JCAA's Youth Education Committee, represented by Paul Smith, presented this year's Youth Education Award to representatives of Trout Unlimited for their promotion of youth fishing.

This affair is JCAA's second largest fundraiser, and as of this writing I can report that it was very successful. It should be noted that this event could not have taken place without the generosity of the many people and companies that donated the many different items that were auctioned off and given away as door prizes. I would be remiss if I did not mention each and every one of them because JCAA could not exist without their generosity and support.

The following is a listing of all our sponsors who donated prizes, and on behalf of JCAA, I would like to thank each and every one of them:

Albivi's Brick OvenAtlantic Bait & Tackle
Barnegat Bait & TackleBay View Restaurant
Betts Tackle LTDBig Bass King
Big Ed's Custom RodsBimini Bay
Bob's Bay MarinaBrunch Spot
Canyon ReelsCapt. Cal
Capt. Paul EidmanChambliss Marine
Crystal DinerEileen Smith
F.J. Neil Co.Fish Bonz
Fisherman MagazineFisherman's Den
Fisherman's HeadquartersFisherman's Supply
Frabill, Inc.Frank Tenore
Grumpy's Bait & TackleGuy Harvey
Hi-Mar Striper ClubHorizon Diner
Interlux PaintsInvestors Savings
Jersey Coast Shark AnglersJersey Hooker
Jingles Bait & TackleJulian's Bait Co, Inc.
Kevin's LuresKristy's Restaurant
L & H Woods & WaterL&S Bait Co.
Lacey MarineLamiglas
Long Branch Bait & TackleMinn Kota
Miss BelmarYo-Zuri America
Sandy Hook Bay AnglersMV Tackle
Norma K IIIOcean Explorer
Oceanside Bait & TacklePaul & Linda Haertel
Pell's Fish & SportPradco Outdoor Brands
Rhode Island PoppersSouth Harbor Marina
NJ Beach Buggy Assoc.Murphy's Hook House
Sportsman CenterSurf City Bait & Tackle
The Bait ShopTony Maja's Products
Triangle SportUncle Josh Bait co.
Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County

Special thanks to Dr. Pat Donnelly for the terrific job he did again this year as our Master of Ceremonies.

I would also like to thank the following fishing clubs that took a table of 10:

Jersey Coast Shark Anglers
Sandy Hook Bay Anglers
Berkley Striper Club
Newark Bait & Fly Casters
Forked River Tuna Club
Hi-Mar Striper Club
Greater Point Pleasant Charter Boat Association
Manasquan Fishing Club
Saltwater Angler's of Bergen County

I would also like to thank the many individuals who also attended and who have shown their support of the JCAA.

Also, special thanks to Dan & Heather Miller who handled the ticket sales. I would also like to thank Don & Al Marantz, Tom Fote, Mark Taylor, Frank Richetti, John Toth, Ed Cherry, Paul & Linda Haertel, Bruce Smith, Joe Puntasecca and Eileen Smith.

I hope I have gotten everyone and every company and club that participated to make this event a successful one this year. If anyone has fallen through the cracks and I have neglected to mention them, I apologize in advance. I have made every effort to keep accurate records, but, unfortunately, not everything gets into my hands the way I would like it to.

Again, on behalf of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, thank you, everyone!


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