LONG ISLAND, N.Y./ASPEN, Colo./ST. SOMINS, Fla. – The 2004 Mercury Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series has events scheduled to take place in New York, Colorado and Florida during early October, Mercury said in a recent press release.
The P.F.L.G.A. Montauk Redbone Tournament – which ends today in Long Island, N.Y. – will serve as a qualifying event for the Inshore Championship Tournament – set to take place in the spring of 2005 in the Florida Keys. Anglers will fish for stripers, bluefish and False Albacore at the Long Island event.
The Rocky Mountain Fly Celebrity Tournament (Aspen, Colo.) and the Golden Isles Red Trout Celebrity Classic (St. Somins, Fla.) will be held Oct. 7-9.
As with every Redbone tournament, entrants at these events will be paired with celebrities or other entrants. All teams will be assigned a professional guide for the duration of the tournament. Contestants will catch, photograph and release as many fish as possible, and a point system awards weighted values for each fish caught.
Proceeds from the Mercury Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series are earmarked for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, with the ultimate goal of curing the fatal hereditary affliction. The series was the creation of Gary and Susan Ellis of Islamorada, Fla. Their daughter, Nicole, was diagnosed with CF as an infant in the mid-1980s, and the couple planned the first tournament in their hometown to raise awareness for the disease. Nicole is now a college student and has seen first-hand the advances made in the treatment of CF.
The Mercury Redbone Series has contributed more than $5 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since its inception. Mercury Marine began its support of the series in 1992.
For more information on the Mercury Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, visit www.redbone.org or call the Mercury Marine communications department. The CF Foundation’s web site is www.cff.org.
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