Bricks & Sticks Fishing Tournament raises $15,000 for Lee BIA Builders Care
Although the 13th annual Bricks & Sticks fishing tournament was delayed a few months, the popular event raised $15,000 for Lee BIA Builders Care and attracted 61 boats (teams) and 30 sponsors Labor Day weekend.
Lee Building Industry Association Events & Workforce Programs Director Emily Lincolnhol said one of the highlights of the tournament was being able to get together with friends out in the sun and water at South Seas Island Resort. She said considering that they had to move the tournament from June to Labor Day weekend, following rules to keep everyone safe, in the grand scheme of things, Bricks & Sticks was great.
“The construction industry is doing pretty well,” Lincolnhol said, adding that they are staying pretty consistent. “Everyone was eager to help, which was apparent on Saturday night. Everyone was willing to help Lee Builders Care.”
She said she believes the sense of helping the community was strong because the construction industry is appreciative knowing what they went through what the hospitality industry is going through 10 to 12 years ago. Lincolnhol said now it’s about flipping the tables and offering help.
“I got that feeling from them. Everyone was so relieved to be there and help Builder’s Care and be able to go out there and have fun,” she said.
Lincolnhol said the tournament also put money back into the economy due to it helping local businesses, bars and restaurants.
“It’s a very community based group of people. You could feel the community there throughout the weekend,” she said.
Thirteen years ago members of Lee Building Industry Association decided to put on a fishing tournament, which they have taken to heart pumping a lot of passion into the event.
“It’s the only way we can do it, by the members,” Lincolnhol said. “We have probably four, or five members that have been consistent with the tournament for the past 13 years. They are our top sponsors every year. They get their people out there and are on the committee.”
This year the Bricks & Sticks tournament was held Sept. 3 through Sept. 5, with the $15,000 raised during the Saturday night awards party going towards Lee BIA Builders Care.
Lee BIA Builders Care, a nonprofit arm of Lee Building Industry Association, provides “emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means.” Since inception, the organization has put more than $4.5 million in construction services into the community at no cost to the homeowner.
“The fishing was really great,” she said. “The top team, the first place winner, was 191.5 inches for all six fish — two snook, two redfish and two ladyfish. The 191.5 inches was probably the highest total we have had in inches.”
The biggest redfish, Lincolnhol said measured at 40 inches.
The first place winner was Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings No. 3 for catching 191.50 total inches. The second place winner went to Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings No. 1 with a total of 183 inches and the third place winner went to R.S. Walsh Landscaping with a total of 174 inches.
The tournament was presented by Builders Insurance Group and Five County Insurance.