Brooks and I made the trip across Alligator Alley last week for a special event being held at the Int'l Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. Along with other supporters, we joined host and honoree, Guy Harvey, and his special guest, world-renowned wildlife sculptor, Kent Ullberg, for the 2nd Annual Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Fundraiser. The sold-out event also celebrated Dr. Harvey's induction into the IGFA's Hall of Fame the night before.
L-R: Brooks, Guy and Sean enjoying an 'island casual' dress code
You couldn't ask for a better setting, and it was a great chance to see some old friends and meet some new ones, finally, in person. All proceeds from this event, which included dinner, open bar, music, silent and live auctions featuring fine artwork from both Harvey and Ulberg, fishing, safari and vacation trips, will benefit marine research, conservation and education efforts made possible by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
A focused emphasis, this year, was placed on sharks, related research, conservation and sustainable fishing practices so we were pleased when last-minute schedule changes made it possible for us to attend, and support the important work being made possible through the Foundation. Congratulations, Guy, for the well-deserved IGFA recognition, and good luck with all future efforts.
The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
The host venue houses the most complete and comprehensive history of the sport of recreational game fishing found anywhere on the planet. The rare artifacts and world class exhibits are voluminous enough to keep any angler interested for at least an entire day. The IGFA also takes great strides to provide much in the way of education about aquatic species, their biology, behavior, habitats and most importantly, the vital role of responsibility that we all share in sustaining and conserving the planet's aquatic resources. If you're ever in the area of Fort Lauderdale, in southeast Florida, take some time to visit. There's something or young and old, the hardcore angler or anyone that just appreciates wildlife and the outdoors. On a related note, the Guy Harvey Art Exhibit opened there this month. It features some of Harvey's earliest works, a series of drawings inspired by his interpretations of Ernest Hemingway's 'The Old Man and the Sea'.
Guy Harvey will be inducted into the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Fishing Hall of Fame during a Tuesday, October 27 ceremony at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. Guy is one of 5 honorees who were selected for their significant contributions through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, communication or administration of fishery resources. Guy, who has been a member of the IGFA Board of Trustees since 1993, will join the ranks of only 75 other inductees, which includes such legendary fishermen as Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Ted Williams and Curt Gowdy. Thank you, Guy for your contributions to fishing and your commitment to ocean conservation. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor.
October 27, 2009 -- The 11th Annual IGFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, Fla., USA -- This year’s event will celebrate all 75 members and the newest five inductees of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees will be Carlos Barrantes, Sr., Jack Erskine, Dr. Guy Harvey, Harlan Major and Stephen Sloan. The inductees are selected for the important contributions they have made to the sport of fishing through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communication or administration of fishery resources. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, the induction ceremony for the 2009 class and dinner.