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Benefit for Capt. Jerry Way Saturday at ‘Tween Waters

By Staff | Sep 24, 2009

In order to raise funds for Sanibel and Captiva’s most venerated fishing guide, Captain Jerry Way, a benefit will be held this Saturday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

Captain Jerry is fighting lung cancer and his friends and colleagues are hoping to raise money to help lessen the financial burden of medical costs as he undergoes radiation therapy.

According to event organizer and dear friend to the honored guest, Lamar Williams, Captain Jerry is a respected island figure who is the “Oldest fishing guide on Sanibel and Captiva. He’s been a guide since 1962.

“He taught me all I know about fishing and took me under his wing at a time when it was hard to break into the business. He’s just a real good guy,” Williams said.

Williams decided to take action in support of his long-time friend and organize the benefit, which will feature a $15, all-you-can-eat hog roast, cash bar, live music, a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction.

So far, Williams reports, the silent auction contains more than 20 guided fishing trips, several stays at different resorts such as Jensen’s Twin Palms and ‘Tween Waters Inn and restaurant gift certificates.

Tickets for the 50/50 drawing will be sold throughout the evening and, after the auction, the winner will be announced and will receive half of the money collected by the drawing. The other half will be donated to Captain Jerry – of course, the winner of the drawing can always put their prize money back into the benefit pot.

“Everybody can sit around and cry about it or we can do something,” Williams said, noting that to date, he is expecting between 200 and 300 people to attend the event.

‘Tween Waters Inn is located at 15951 Captiva Drive in Captiva. For more information about the event, contact Lamar Williams, 239-340-1506.