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Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo

Honoring Ed Alber

June 15-16, 2018

Join us June 15-16, 2018 for the Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo, Honoring Tampa Bay Watch founding board member Ed Alber. The Tarpon Rodeo is an all catch-and-release tournament on Tampa Bay to benefit our restoration projects and education programs. Anglers launch from the starting point at the Fort De Soto boat ramp for the half-day tournament. Fish are called in by the boat captain and logged by professional CCA judges. The exciting post-tournament Castaway Soirée includes a silent auction, live auction, vendors, and great food and drinks at the TradeWinds Island Resort on St. Pete Beach. It's your turn to bring home the trophy—are you ready to join the hunt for the Silver King?!

 

Friday, June 15

12 pm: Mandatory Captain’s Meeting and Rules Reading by CCA at Tampa Bay Watch. Lunch provided by Bonefish Grill

2 pm: Tarpon Rodeo Shotgun Start, Ft De Soto Boat Ramp

8 pm: Tournament conclusion. Winners are announced the next day, June 16, at the Castaway Soirée, TradeWinds Island Resort

 

Saturday, June 16

6 pm: The Castaway Soirée at TradeWinds Island Resort. Dinner, libations, vendors and auctions, live music and Tarpon Rodeo Tournament Award Presentation.

Contact Pamela Arbisi with questions about this event.

 

 

 

 

GOLD SPONSORS

 

                   

                            

 

 

SILVER SPONSORS

                          

 THE Bagniefski family                                

 

 

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

 

                    

 

         

 

 

                         

  PHOTOGRAPHY SPONSOR                                 IN-KIND ADVERTISING

                         

 

 

 

                                                                  

 

TABLE SPONSORS:

Mike and Rita Wilson

Larry Weiner & Yvonne Grimm

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship

Castaway Soirée

Registration

& Forms

Auction/Vendors

Ed Alber

Tarpon Rodeo

2017

 

The 13th Annual Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo has a bold new look to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Tampa Bay Watch! You are invited to cast a line into the beautiful Tampa Bay as your team embarks on the Mission to Restore by participating in the All-Release Tarpon Tournament Friday, June 15.

 

Ahoy Castaway party-seekers! Something fresh is drifting ashore in 2018! Join us for the NEW Castaway Soirée after-party at TradeWinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, on Saturday, June 16. Enjoy libations and cuisine, auctions, vendors, and live entertainment at the Castaway Soirée where tournament winners will be announced. Special Sponsorships are created to allow your business to be appreciated by over 400 salty anglers and mermaids! Join us for the summer island bash; no fishing pole required.

  • Tournament: Friday, June 15: 2pm-8pm

    Tournament Angler Entries

     

    Friday, June 15

    2pm-8pm

     

    All teams launch from Fort De Soto boat ramp at 2pm sharp.

    3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, Fl 33715

     

    12pm- Mandatory Captain’s Meeting and Rules Reading by CCA at Tampa Bay Watch. Lunch provided by Bonefish Grill in the TBW Community Room, 2nd Floor

     

    2pm- Tarpon Rodeo Shotgun Start, Ft De Soto Boat Ramp

     

    8pm- Tournament conclusion. No submissions are accepted by CCA after 8:00pm but you DO NOT have to return to the dock by 8pm to remain qualified. Winners are announced the next day, June 16, at the Castaway Soirée, TradeWinds Island Resort. One team member (angler) must be present to collect the prize purse winnings.

     

    Team check-in and mandatory rules reading in the Tampa Bay Watch Community Room

    3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715.

    Additional parking along the grassy areas of the Bayway.

     

    Click headers below for information

    about each Tournament sponsorship level.

     

  • $5,000 Gold Sponsorship

    • ONE (1) professionally guided Tarpon Tournament boat for four (4) anglers total, including bait and tackle. All- Release Tournament is Friday, June 15, 2018. 2-8pm Ft De Soto Boat Ramp
    • Eligibility to win the “Presenting Sponsor”  Guardian Division Prize Purse of $3000
    • Logo on Tournament T-shirt, all Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding including printed invitation, electronic invites, Facebook, Instagram  and signage at the event
    • Logo on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • Announcement in an email blast to the Tampa Bay Watch database to 16,000+ subscribers
    • Recognition on the Tampa Bay Watch social media to 7,000+ followers
    • Limited Edition Tournament Shirt and Tournament Swag Bag for each angler
    • Option to add logo merchandise of choice to every Tournament Swag Bag
    • Lunch by Bonefish Grill for four (4) anglers at the pre-tournament  Mandatory Captain’s Meeting, Friday, June 15  Tampa Bay Watch Community Room,  12pm-1:30pm
    • ONE (1) Corporate table- Ten (10) total guests*- at the Castaway Soirée on Saturday, June 16- TradeWinds Island Resort Pavilion, 6pm. *Guest count includes two (2) seats for Team Captain and Mate
    • Guided Eco Kayak Tour from Tampa Bay Watch Education Center for ten (10) employees

    *based upon a mutually agreed upon date

     

    Click here to purchase a Gold sponsorship!

  • $3,000 Silver Sponsorship

    • ONE (1) professionally guided tarpon tournament boat for four (4) anglers total, including bait and tackle. All- Release Tournament is Friday, June 15, 2018. 2-8pm Ft De Soto Boat Ramp
    • Eligibility to win the “Presenting Sponsor”  Guardian Division Prize Purse of $3000
    • Logo on all Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding including printed invitation, electronic invites, Facebook, Instagram and signage at the event, and on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • Announcement in an email blast to the Tampa Bay Watch database to 16,000+ subscribers
    • Recognition on the Tampa Bay Watch social media to 7,000+ followers
    • Limited Edition Tournament Shirt for each angler
    • Tournament Swag Bag for each angler
    • Option to add logo merchandise of choice to every Tournament Swag Bag
    • Lunch by Bonefish Grill for four (4) anglers at the pre-tournament  Mandatory Captain’s Meeting, Friday, June 15  Tampa Bay Watch Community Room,  12pm-1:30pm
    • ONE (1) Corporate table- Ten (10) total guests*- at the Castaway Soirée on Saturday, June 16- TradeWinds Island Resort Pavilion, 6pm. *Guest count includes two (2) seats for Team Captain and Mate

     

    Click here to purchase a Silver sponsorship!

  • $1,500 Bronze Entry

    • FOUR (4) paid angler entries  - Team provides Captain and boat
    • Limited Edition Tournament Shirt for each angler
    • Tournament Swag Bag for each angler
    • Eligibility to win the Sport Division Prize Purse $1,500
    • Lunch by Bonefish Grill for four (4) anglers at the pre-tournament  Mandatory Captain’s Meeting, Friday, June 15 Tampa Bay Watch Community Room,  12pm-1:30pm
    • FOUR (4) tickets to the Castaway Soirée on Saturday, June 16- TradeWinds Island Resort Pavilion, 6pm

    *Bronze Entries may add up to 6 Individual Castaway Soirée event tickets for $75 each to reserve a private table*

     

    Click here to purchase a Bronze sponsorship!

  • $10,000 Platinum “Presenting” Sponsorship EXCLUSIVE

    • TWO (2) professionally guided Tarpon Tournament boats for eight (8) anglers total, including bait and tackle. All- Release Tournament is Friday, June 15, 2018. 2-8pm Ft De Soto Boat Ramp
    • Division Prize Naming Opportunity- “Presenting Sponsor” Guardian Division Prize
    • Eligibility to win the “Presenting Sponsor” Guardian Division Prize Purse of $3000
    • Logo prominence as Presenting Sponsor on Tournament T-shirt, all Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding including printed invitation, electronic invites, Facebook, Instagram and signage at the event
    • Logo prominence as Presenting Sponsor on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • Announcement in an email blast to the Tampa Bay Watch database to 16,000+ subscribers
    • Recognition on the Tampa Bay Watch social media to 7,000+ followers
    • Limited Edition Tournament Shirt for each guest and angler, up to sixteen (16)  total
    • Tournament Swag Bag and special table gifts for each guest and angler, up to sixteen (16) total
    • Option to add logo merchandise of choice to every Tournament Swag Bag
    • Lunch by Bonefish Grill for eight (8) anglers at the pre-tournament  Mandatory Captain’s Meeting, Friday, June 15 - Tampa Bay Watch Community Room,  12pm-1:30pm
    • TWO (2) Premium Corporate tables- twenty (20) total guests**- at the Castaway Soirée on Saturday, June 16 - TradeWinds Island Resort Pavilion, 6pm
    • The opportunity to participate in one namesake Corporate Volunteer Project led by Tampa Bay Watch staff (with media recognition)
    • Use of the Tampa Bay Watch Community Room for one weekday private Corporate Retreat ($5,000 value) during the 2018 calendar year

     

    **Guest count includes four (4) seats for Team Captains and Mates

     

    SOLD!

    Thank you, Great Bay Distributors!

     

  • Castaway Soirée: Saturday, June 16: 6pm

    Castaway Soirée

     

    Saturday, June 16

    6pm

     

    Guests enjoy dinner and cocktails at TradeWinds Island Resorts, Pavilion

    5500 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

     

    6pm- Doors open

     

    7:30pm- Tournament winners announced

     

     Complimentary valet and self-parking available.

     

    Click headers below for information

    about each Soirée sponsorship level

  • “Summer Beats” MAJOR BAND SPONSOR- $3,000

    • Featured as Major Sponsor on all event collateral and printed marketing material
    • Namesake sponsor of “Castaway Soirée” Musical Band/DJ/Entertainment with company signage
    • Recognition on the Tampa Bay Watch social media to 7,000+ followers and to 16,000+ social media subscribers
    • Logo on all Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding including printed invitation, electronic invites, Facebook, Instagram and signage at the event, and on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • Opportunity to provide marketing material at event to brand/promote company/business
    • ONE (1) Private Sponsored Table with company logo
    • TEN (10) guest tickets to include dinner, dessert, beer and wine, valet parking, and guest gifts

     

    Click here to purchase a Summer Beats sponsorship!

  • “Island Time” AUCTION SUPPORTING SPONSOR- $2,500

    • Featured as Auction Sponsor on all event collateral and printed marketing material
    • Company logo on all auction bid sheets, seen on up to 100 high-resolution printed bid sheets
    • Logo on all Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding including printed invitation, electronic invites, Facebook, Instagram and signage at the event, and on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • Recognition on the Tampa Bay Watch social media to 7,000+ followers and to 16,000+ social media subscribers
    • Opportunity to provide marketing material at event to brand/promote company/business
    • ONE (1) Private Sponsored Table with company logo
    • TEN (10) guest tickets to include dinner, dessert, beer and wine, valet parking, and guest gifts

     

    Click here to purchase an Island Time sponsorship!

  • “Sunset & Sustainability” Eco-Choice SPONSOR- $2,000

    • Support Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. in our efforts to create sustainability for our community and environment by utilizing reusable serving pieces and products throughout the planning and execution of the 2-day event.
    • Namesake of Eco-Choice Sponsor of “Tournament Captain’s Meeting” Food & Beverage Stations with company signage as well as at the “Castaway Soirée” after-party
    • Recognition on the Tampa Bay Watch social media to 7,000+ followers and to 16,000+ social media subscribers
    • Logo on all Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding including printed invitation, electronic invites, Facebook, Instagram and signage at the event, and on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • Opportunity to provide marketing material at event to brand/promote company/business
    • ONE (1) Private Sponsored Table with company logo
    • TEN (10) guest tickets to include dinner, dessert, beer and wine, valet parking, and guest gifts

     

    Click here to purchase a Sunset & Sustainability sponsorship!

  • “Castaway Krewe” TABLE SPONSOR- $1,000

    • Featured as Table Sponsor on all event collateral and printed marketing material
    • Logo on Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding, Facebook, Instagram and signage at the event, and on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • ONE (1) Private Sponsored Table with company logo
    • TEN (10) guest tickets to include dinner, dessert, beer and wine, valet parking, and guest gifts

     

    Click here to purchase a Castaway Krewe sponsorship!

  • Castaway Soirée IN-KIND SPONSORSHIPS- $1,500-2,000

    “Salty Sweets” DESSERT SPONSOR- $2,000 In-Kind

    • Featured as Dessert Sponsor on all event collateral and printed marketing material
    • Recognition as the Dessert Sponsor on the Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. social media to 5,000+ followers
    • Logo on all Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding including printed invitation, electronic invites, Facebook, Instagram and signage at the event, and on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • Recognition on the Tampa Bay Watch social media to 7,000+ followers and to 16,000+ social media subscribers
    • Opportunity to provide marketing material and desserts for 400 guests at event to brand/promote company/business during the Tarpon Rodeo Tournament as well as the Castaway Soirée after-party
    • FOUR (4) guest tickets to the Castaway Soirée to include dinner, dessert, beer and wine, valet parking, and guest gifts

     

    “Exotic Moments” PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPORTING SPONSOR- $1,500-In Kind

    • Featured as Photography Sponsor on all event collateral and printed marketing material
    • Announcement in an email blast to the Tampa Bay Watch, Inc. database to 15,000+ supporters
    • Logo on all Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée event branding including printed invitation, electronic invites, Facebook, Instagram and signage at the event, and on the Tarpon Rodeo section of the Tampa Bay Watch website (with link if desired)
    • Opportunity to provide marketing material at event to brand/promote company/business during the Tarpon Rodeo Tournament as well as the Castaway Soirée after-party
    • FOUR (4) guest tickets to the Castaway Soirée to include dinner, dessert, beer and wine, valet parking, and guest gifts

     

    Click here to purchase an In-Kind sponsorship!

  • Castaway Soirée GUEST TICKETS- $100

    Individual Guest Ticket - $100 non-members/$90 current members

    • One (1) ticket for general admission
    • Guest tickets to include dinner, dessert, beer and wine, valet parking, and guest gift

     

    Click here to purchase guest tickets!

 

Ahoy, Castaway party-seekers! Something fresh is drifting ashore in 2018! Join us for the NEW Castaway Soirée after-party at TradeWinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, on Saturday, June 16.  Enjoy libations and cuisine, auctions, vendors, and live entertainment at the Castaway Soirée where tournament winners will be announced. Special Sponsorships are created to allow your business to be appreciated by over 400 salty anglers and mermaids! Join us for the summer island bash, no fishing pole required.

 

6 pm- The Castaway Soirée at TradeWinds Island Resort. Dinner, libations, vendors and auctions, live music and Tarpon Rodeo Tournament Award Presentation.

 

Location: TradeWinds Island Resort Pavilion (5500 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, 33706). Valet parking is provided.

 

 

Contact Pamela Arbisi with questions.

 

Event Rules and Forms

 

                                            

Event rules                 Angler Registration Form     Angler Release Form       CCA Hookup/Release          Quick Guide/Q&A

 

 

Contact Pamela Arbisi with questions.

 

Dear Friend of the Bay,

 

Tampa Bay Watch is thrilled to welcome you to the 13th Annual Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo & Castaway Soirée presented by Great Bay Distributors on June 15-16, 2018!

 

Each year the exciting catch-and-release tarpon tournament on Tampa Bay benefits critical coastline projects and hands-on marine education programs for local kids. Our mission is simple: We are dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs.

 

The Tarpon Rodeo welcomes over 300+ guests to a 2-day celebration including the Captain’s Meeting and All-Release Tarpon Rodeo honoring Ed Alber  on June 15, followed by the Castaway Soirée after-party and Award Ceremony open to the community on June 16. The Castaway Soirée will be held at Tradewinds Island Resort on St. Pete Beach and is where we will announce the winners of the Tarpon Rodeo. In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening's festivities will include dinner and libations, live and silent auctions, live entertainment, and more.

 

 

Auction Donations Needed at the Castaway Soirée

 

We hope that you will consider an in-kind contribution to the exclusive auction to help support the mission to restore Tampa Bay. The silent and live auctions are a favorite feature of the event and auction donors receive recognition and great exposure to during the event. All monies directly benefit our various year-round programs. Last year’s auction proceeds exceeded $45,000, providing essential funds for Tampa Bay Watch’s restoration and educational programs. Click here, or on the form at right to download the donation form!

 

Contact Madison Frank with questions about auction donations.

 

 

Call for Vendors!

 

The Castaway Soirée event also has very limited opportunities for vendors to showcase your products or services to between 300-400 guests who share a love of Tampa Bay’s beautiful estuary and all it has to offer.

 

Vendor space proceeds will help support Tampa Bay Watch in its endeavor to restore and protect the beautiful Tampa Bay estuary.

 

If you have any questions or require additional information, I welcome you to contact me.

 

Thank you for your consideration, and for your support of Tampa Bay Watch!

 

 

Contact Dawn Sexauer Ladd with vendor questions.

 

About Ed Alber

 

Born in St. Louise, Ed moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1989. He graduated in 1956 from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and after 42 years in the defense industry, retired as Director of Communications from Primex Technologies. Always active in state and local politics, Ed remained as a consultant for General Dynamics into retirement.

 

Besides being one of the founding members of the Board of Directors for Tampa Bay Watch, Ed also developed the Tampa Bay Restoration Foundation, worked on the acquisition and development of the marine and education center, created benefit fishing tournaments and facilitated long-term corporate supporters of Tampa Bay Watch.

Thank you to Great Bay Distributors and the generous sponsors, fishing teams, Tampa Bay Watch friends, family & volunteers who made the 2017 11th Annual Ed Alber Tarpon Rodeo the best on record! We are proud to announce that the event netted over $101,000 for bay restoration and education!

TradeWinds Island Resort hosted a lovely evening for The Captain's Banquet on Thursday, June 2. Beautifully set and with world class service, 300 guests came together for a night of exciting live and silent auctions and bidding for the Ed Alber Education Fund.

 

Congratulations to Great Bay Distributors for taking 1st Place in the Great Bay Guardians Division with 5 tarpon, and Team Behnke for taking 1st Place in the Sport Division with 5 tarpon as well. 29 teams safely released at least 36 tarpon during the Friday tournament!

 

Enjoy images from the 2017 tournament and awards dinner (courtesy of Linda Weekley) by clicking these categories:

 

 

Shotgun Start!                                                             Tarpon Rodeo Awards

                       

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