09/02/12-3rd Annual Michael O'Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon
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Englewood, FL-3rd Annual Michael O'Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon

In addition to the Labor Day Parade and block party. The Pioneer Days – 3rd Annual Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon  will be held again. My family as well as many volunteers have taken on this part of the Pioneer Day tradition in honor of our son, brother and friend.

My son, Michael, lost his life June 18, 2010 while spear fishing with his twin brother, and buddy out at Boca Grande. Michael was known as “Captain Snookilla” and would always ensure a great day of fishing in his presence. Each trip was an adventure with pictures to prove it. (Fish stories were never accepted). Fishing has been a part of my three boys’ lives from early on and into their adulthood, which is one of the reasons I accepted the chance to ensure that the Pioneer Days Fishing Derby would continue to be a tradition.

During the 1st Annual Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon  I was walking the pier and noticed how the families were enjoying their time together. I overheard parents say that this was the first time their child fished. I was amazed at the statement and thrilled that we all can be part of our communities memories. I believe the simple things in life; can make memories to be cherished FOREVER.

The Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon  is not only in memory of my child, but I would like to honor every child lost. Losing a life at a young age is something I wished none of us has to endure, but it is happening more. When I speak of my son, I learn that my neighbors, my friends within the numerous committees I belong to, as well as surrounding communities have lost children.

The 3rd Annual Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon  will be Sunday, September 2, 2012, during the Englewood Pioneer Day festivities on Labor Day weekend.  It will be held at the Tom Adams Fishing Pier – its traditional location.  This Fish-A-Thon will be for kids 12 and under.

Thank you in advance for your involvement with the 3rd Annual Michael O’Donnell Fish-A-Thon.   We look forward to seeing you on the pier!

For information you can contact Cathy or Roger Redman at: 941-698-9484 or via email at: 

Registrations should be mailed to: Roger & Cathy Redman - 15409 Avery Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33981.  Children will also be able to register the day of the event.

Cathy and Roger Redman
Timothy and Joey O’Donnell

To view a printable copy of the rules and registration form, please click on the "Additional Information"  link above.  GOOD LUCK FISHING KIDS!!

Photos from the 2011 2nd Annual Michael O'Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon are courtesy of Michael L. Vasher, Founder of
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