doc_ding_logocontact: Birgie Miller
call: (239) 292-0566
fax: (239) 472-7803











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Dear Friend,

I am writing to ask you to be a part of the 3rd Annual “Ding” Darling Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament by becoming a sponsor this year. With 50 boats, 200+ anglers and more than $40,000 raised last year to support conservation efforts at the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, this third year promises to be even better!
Scheduled for the weekend of May 2 and 3, 2014, the Captain’s meeting is May 2 where all the anglers are invited to attend and enjoy food, drinks and a silent auction. The following morning, May 3, is the actual tournament and then that evening there will be a “Silver King for Ding” After Party for the anglers and the general public. Food, drinks, live music and an auction will be a part of the festivities.

I am hoping you will consider becoming a sponsor. You would be joining Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, Diversified Yacht Services of Ft. Myers Beach, Sanibel Bean and a handful of other sponsors.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the location of the first recorded Tarpon caught and it is fitting that the Friends of the Refuge hosts a tarpon tournament to benefit the refuge and its work in protecting the wildlife on land in the water.

This Tarpon Tournament celebrates Southwest Florida’s history of Tarpon fishing and overall conservation and wildlife protection through this tournament. You would be a great partner to have along on this journey!

With 100% of the entry fees going back into the winnings, the only way this tournament makes money for the refuge is through sponsorships and donations.

Please consider showing your support of our organization and goals by becoming a 2014 Sponsor, which is also tax-deductible. A list of the sponsorship opportunities is available for download.

Thank you for your consideration of support.

We hope you will become a part of our 2014 Tarpon Tournament!

Birgit Miller, Executive Director
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society


1 Wildlife Drive, P.O. Box 565, Sanibel FL 33957 ♦ ♦ (239) 472-1100 x 233