Texans Cast for a Cure
September 5, 2007
For the sixth consecutive year, the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter’s Copano Energy Cast for the Cure drew record crowds to Rockport, Texas, for a first-class, two-day guided catch and release fishing tournament held on August 16-18.
Six-year-old twins Dylan and Ethan Bass thank Copano Energy executives for the company's role as the event's title sponsor.
For those with distinct preferences in how they bait their hooks the tournament featured three divisions: artificial, live bait and fly-fishing. When the waders came off, the erst-while fishermen and women told stories about the “Ones They Let Get Away” over cocktails and dinner. A highlight of the event came Friday evening, which featured a live auction.
Among the highly contested auction items was a picture painted by 6-year-old Dylan Bass, who has CF. His picture of the moon and stars featured his handprints, as well as Ethan’s, his twin brother who is a carrier of the CF gene. With a caption reading, “If you help us, our dreams can come true,” very few could resist bidding on the painting. In the end, Dylan’s masterpiece went for $900. Both Ethan and Dylan were on hand at the event, which they have faithfully and enthusiastically attended since they were 2 years old.
The list of corporate sponsors bespeaks the support that CF engenders in this lovely community. Title Sponsor Copano Energy and Presenting Sponsor Alta Mesa Holdings, L.P. were joined by Bank of America, Upstream Energy Services, The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay, John L. Wortham, RBC Capital Markets, Orion Drilling, Southwest Energy, Ensley Properties, Inc., Key Energy, Ralph S. O’Connor & Associates, SSB Mountain Ventures/Dauphin Sales, Alliance Strategic Business Services, L.P., American Rodsmiths and Tiffany & Company.
Key volunteers included Brian Eckhart, Bernard Widacki, Jay Smith, Robert Haworth, Bottomless Pit BBQ Cookin Team, Terry Coufal, Malcom DeBettencourt, Patti Wilburn, Lester Sorsby and Austin Goings.
Under the leadership of Event Chair David Murrell, the event made more than a good catch: netting $120,000. Said Murrell, “Cast for the Cure brings together a great group of anglers and some of the best and most generous guides in the area. Everyone enjoys a laid back couple of days—we love this event!”