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Bobby Holloway Foundation presents check to PIE

July 4, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last Thursday, Ernestine Squires and Elsie Stearns from the Bobby Holloway Foundation presented a check for $13,000 to Pine Island Elementary School Principal Steve Hook.

"These funds come from the annual Bobby Holloway Fishing Tournament we hold every March," Stearns said. "We're very excited to say that every year this tournament, especially the youth tournament, keeps getting bigger."

The Bobby Holloway Foundation was founded after an 11-year-old island boy named Bobby Holloway lost his life in a hunting accident in 1997.

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On hand for the check presentation were, from left, PIE Principal Steve Hook, Ernestine Long Squires and Elsie Stearns.


A group of island residents got together for the first Bobby Holloway Fishing Tournament. Local businesses donated prizes and local fishermen gave up their earnings and their boats for a day of fishing to raise money for the youth of Pine Island. That was 20 years ago and they've been celebrating Bobby's life ever since.

The annual tournament has become an island tradition and provides enrichment for virtually every local youth activity in education, sports, the arts and more, from learning to swim to earning a college degree.

This year Squires and Stearns were approached by a McKinney Foundation family member about making a donation.

"A McKinney Foundation family member has become very involved in the Bobby Holloway Fishing Tournament." Stearns said. "She served as a first mate on one of the Little Bobber boats for the last couple of years and following the Bobby Holloway dinner, she approached us about a matching funds donation from her family's foundation."

"I think she was very moved to see what the Bobby Holloway Foundation does for the youth and for the island," Squires said.

"In the past few years the youth part of the tournament has grown so much," Stearns said. "This year we had 15 guides that put more than 50 kids on their boats."

"We're very blessed," Squires said. "It takes a lot of people to put this tournament together and it's become our shining star and now this matching funds donation."

"So far the Holloway Foundation has raised about half of the matching funds," Stearns said. "So I want people to know that any donation they make will be doubled. A $100 donation becomes $200 and a $1,000 donation becomes $2,000."

The Foundation has until Aug. 31 to accept donations for the matching funds.

Donations may be mailed to:

The Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund

P.O. Box 712

St. James City, Florida 33956

Donations may also be dropped off at Centennial Bank at 5551 Sunset Lane, St. James City. You can contact the bank at 239-283-1618.



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