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Reelin' for a Cause Charity Fishing Tournament Hooks Hearts and Raises Funds for Cancer Care!

11/20/2023
The inaugural Reelin’ for a Cause Charity Fishing Tournament, presented by Bayside Auto Group, was held on Saturday, September 16 to benefit cancer care efforts at CalvertHealth. Eight teams fished in the morning and then gathered in Solomons for a Shore Party. Organizers of the tournament and participants had much to celebrate as this year’s tournament raised $42,168 with more than 40 participants.

Proceeds from the tournament will support the advancement of cancer care at CalvertHealth, including the development of a robotic surgery program and their continued affiliation with Duke Health. Duke Health is a national leader in cancer care, opening doors to clinical trials and research for local patients close to home. Foundation Board Chair Denise Bowman said, “As a breast cancer survivor - I am proud of the work of our CalvertHealth Cancer team and the collaboration with Duke Health. Getting my treatment close to home – having the support of my family and still being able to work – it’s made all the difference.”

Jeremy Bradford, CalvertHealth President and CEO shared, “Together, with Duke Health, we are charting a course to ensure outstanding cancer care close to home. We are also excited to announce that clinical trials are on the horizon for our community.”

Reelin’ for a Cause Committee Chair, Darren Rickwood went on to add, "It is an honor to be a part of this amazing event that will continue to grow year after year. It is because of the dedication and generosity of local community members that we can kick off events like this fishing tournament. The support of our amazing sponsors, anglers and donors, made this inaugural tournament successful.” The committee is already looking forward to next year’s event on September 7, 2024.

In total, eight teams took to the water to compete in the Captain’s Challenge, which is the most funds raised, the Longest Catch, the Women’s Longest Catch and the Longest Stringer. The winner of the Captains’ Challenge was Bayside Auto Group’s team, Team Jacobs, and American Radiology Service’s team took the Longest Catch and Longest Stringer. The winner of the Women’s Longest Catch was Anne Rickwood from Team Pescado Desnudo.

Special thanks to tournament sponsors Bayside Auto Group; Constellation; American Radiology Services; Servpro of St. Mary’s and Calvert; Solomons Yachting Center & Bluefish Pub; Spring Cove Marina; Maertens Fine Jewelry; Herring Creek Furniture at Cecil’s Old Mill and Sparks Custom Metal Works.

On November 16, Reelin’ for a Cause committee members and sponsors presented a check to the CalvertHealth Foundation for $42,168.

Pictured from left to right: Reelin’ for a Cause committee member Jeffrey Lewis, CalvertHealth Vice President, Brand Strategy and Philanthropy Theresa Johnson, CalvertHealth Board of Trustee member Lisa Garner, CalvertHealth President and CEO Jeremy Bradford, Jeff Jacobs with Bayside Auto Group, Reelin’ for a Cause Committee members Darren Rickwood, Michael Jordan and Chad Day, CalvertHealth Foundation Board Chair Denise Bowman, CalvertHealth Foundation Board of Trustees member Frank Smith, CalvertHealth Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Kasia Sweeney


The North American Partners in Anesthesia enjoyed a beautiful on the water as they competed in the 2023 Reelin’ for a Cause charity fishing tournament.

Pictured from left to right: Thomas Hayes, MD, John Constable, DO, Vanessa Starks, MD, and Lisa Ganz, CRNA


The winners of the longest catch overall and the longest stringer were the team from American Radiology Services, Sonar Kings!

Pictured from left to right: CalvertHealth Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Denise Bowman, Reelin’ for a Cause Committee Chair Darren Rickwood, Sonar Kings team members Matt Gins, Adam Smith and Nicholas Garrot, Reelin’ for a Cause Committee member Jeffrey Lewis and CalvertHealth President and CEO Jeremy Bradford.
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