To Our Fishing Families…
The Suncoast Kingfish Classic will be transitioning to a one time a year tournament that will be held on November 17-19, 2022, located in Clearwater Beach, FL, partnering with Baystar Restaurant Group. It is our mission to continue the tradition of the Suncoast Kingfish Classic, while maintaining its integrity during these unprecedented times of rising fuel prices and multiple spring events. Please check back regularly on our social media pages and website, www.suncoastkingfishclassic.com for updates.
Additionally, we are excited to announce the 1st Annual Suncoast Ladies Classic hosted in Clearwater Beach, FL (TBD) summer 2022! This will be a multispecies offshore tournament just for the ladies! Please check back regularly on our social media pages and website, www.suncoastladiesclassic.com for updates.
As always, both tournaments will benefit the charity, Ready for Life of Pinellas County. Please visit www.readyforlifepinellas.org for more ways to help support our local charity and tight lines!
Suncoast Kingfish Classic
As many of you know, this tournament directly benefits “Ready for Life”, a 501(c) (3), dedicated to helping former foster youth make a successful transition to adulthood. Through their local, solution-based skill center they provide support, resources and guidance to inspire and empower former foster youth (and their children). They assist in the areas of homelessness prevention, education, employment, lifeline support networks, mental health, emergency needs, mentoring, and meals. They are also a vital part of our volunteer staff at our events.
Our SKC tournaments donate about $40,000 per year to this great organization. Without the 2020 events and the Spring 2021 tournament, we were unable to contribute but a small amount of the much needed of these funds to help them with a variety of necessary services for their youth. This shortfall is devastating to these youth and we are looking for ways to bridge this gap. We also want to “THANK” the great Sponsors and Individuals who did and will donate to this cause as it makes a world of difference to them.
How You Can Assist / Donate:
FOOD AND GIFT CARD RELIEF: If you are able or have contacts who could donate food items, access to food at a discounted cost so that they may provide meals to their families (75-100 people/week), and/or grocery gift cards, email Michelle Walag at MWalag@readyforlifepinellas.org.
MONETARY DONATION: They created a “Ready for Tomorrow Crisis Relief Campaign” to seek donations to support our youth, while adapting to the ever-changing circumstances due to COVID-19. For monetary gift donations to help with the many other crisis relief efforts needed, please click on the button below.
In closing, we’d like to thank our fishing family who has stuck by us through these unprecedented times. Continue to check back on our website and Facebook page regularly for updates about the 1st Annual Suncoast Ladies’ Classic and the 30th Annual Spring SKC Tournament.