Friday, May 5, 2017, at Key Biscayne Yacht Club
Maria Juncadella and Sonia Cabello co-chaired the 16th Annual CREW-Miami Fishing Tournament held May 5, 2017. A fleet of 15 boats carried a total of 75 anglers, almost evenly divided between loyal supporters of the tournament and CREW-Miami members. The awesome women anglers who did their part with hook and line included CREW-Miami past presidents Suzanne Amaducci-Adams, Margaret Nee, Diana Parker, and Marti Mang, to name a few. Also critical to the initiative’s success were Gigi Alvarez, Nancy Doke-Harrison, and Jena Atlass, who was out of town but represented by colleagues.
Proceeds from the event support CREW-Miami scholarships for young women entering the commercial real estate field, as well as other CREW programs. Two scholarship recipients from previous years attended the post-fishing Awards Reception at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club, where they were able to network with their mentors and commercial real estate colleagues-to-be.
In addition to the exciting angler competition that started in early morning, a crowd of CREW-Miami members and friends had boarded the 130-foot Venetian Lady around midday for a sightseeing cruise around Biscayne Bay. The “Fishing for Business” cruise included an onboard luncheon and hours of relaxed networking. Social media buffs chronicled the fun with real-time photos posted throughout the day using the hashtag #CatchTheDeal.
About 45 CREW-Miami members and guests joined the salty anglers in late afternoon to congratulate them, network, and enjoy the Mexican-themed menu and décor (in honor of the Cinco de Mayo date) plus crab cakes and other tasty bites. Some of the catches had been released, while the eligible species were weighed and distributed among members of the teams, whose families and friends prepare and eat the fresh-caught bounty each year.
Nick Jason of Bilzin Sumberg caught the largest mahi-mahi, with the second and third largest mahis reeled in by Thomas Burket and Jason Drugatz respectively, both of Golden Sands General Contractors. Javier Hermida of TGSV Enterprises reeled in the largest wahoo, and Fairchild Partners’ Carly Martinez caught the biggest blackfin tuna of the day. Fairchild’s Robert Sweeting landed the largest grouper, and CBRE’s Larry Chapman caught the winning snapper. The team of anglers from Golden Sands, the CREW-Miami Fishing Tournament’s newest sponsor, took home the Judges’ Prize. The Hard Luck prize for intense but thwarted intentions was awarded to Gigi Alvarez of G. Alvarez Studio. The top team, represented by its captain, Jose Juncadella of Fairchild Partners, will have its name engraved on the spectacular perpetual trophy, where space remains for the names of 16-plus more years of tournament winners.
The event’s co-chairs thanked repeat sponsors for their loyalty, and congratulated those who were first-time tournament participants. “It has been a pleasure helping to organize this fun event again this year,” said Maria. “Nothing can be better than fundraising for CREW-Miami scholarships and our awesome programs than gathering members and friends in a sporting and sightseeing event in our slice of paradise here in South Florida.” Sonia agreed, saying, “Not much I can add to that except already looking forward to experiencing next year’s event!”
—Susan Cumins, CREW-Miami member since 1998