1st Place - $1500
2nd Place $750
3rd Place $500
4th Place $250

10th Annual Tournament is the BEST EVER!

Wow!  What can I say…what a year and what a turnout for the 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge which took place on May 24, 2014.  We had 55 boats register for the event, and thanks to the generosity of all our sponsors, participants, family, friends and the community, we raised a little over $20,000!!

None of this would be possible without the help of our sponsors: The Marina at Cape Harbour, RumRunners, Twisted Conch, Windward Construction, Schooner Bay Realty, Muddy Country, Stokes Marine, Cape Tool & Tackle, Suncoast Beverage Sales, American Harvest Organic Vodka, Sun Coast Contractor Supply, Southcoast Painting, Vocal Minds, Direct Effects, Direct Impressions, BMI, ITC Service Group, CENO, Coastline Heating & Cooling, Tow Boat US Cape Coral, and MP Electric.

In addition, the countless number of businesses that donated gift certificates, services, trips, merchandise, not only for the raffle, but the silent auction, without your contributions and donations, we would never have achieved our goal of $20,000!

No need to waste any time, so the date is already set for next years tournament, May 23, 2015!

Pictures from this years tournament should be posted on the website soon, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!

Thanks again from the bottom of my heart, for supporting Barbara’s Friends, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Grace For Chase, and of course, the memory of Ryan!

 

See you soon!!

 

 

Looking for a FREE ENTRY???

Hi All,

Any of you Captains looking to fish for FREE????  I have someone that would like to cover the costs of the entry fee ($250) so here two 15 year old sons can go out and fish the tournament!  They have watched over the years, and now want to participate!  Please contact me directly at 239-699-7426

GRACE FOR CHASE

Hi All,

This year the Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge is honoring one of our very own local super heroes, Chase Johnson, who lost his fight against TCell Leukemia on March 2, 2014.  Chase was 8 years old.  Please come out and help support our fight against childhood cancers and honor the memories of both Chase and Ryan.

SHAPING UP TO BE AN AWESOME YEAR!!!!

Hi All,

The 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge is in OVERDRIVE!  Thank you to the support of all of our sponsors and supporters! We have over 15 sponsors that year after year are here to support us!  New sponsors include American Harvest Organic Spirit, Muddy Country Radio.com, TowBoatUS, CENO, Ford’s Garage, Stokes Marine, Pinchers, and Suncoast Painting.

Can’t wait to see you all!

The 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge

The date is set for this years 10th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge – May 24th, 2014 at Cape Harbour.  Stay tuned for more details and updates of the events.  Sponsorship opportunities are available for what we plan to be our best year yet!!!  Feel free to contact me if you have questions.  Go FISH!  Kristin

Ninth Annual Redfish Challenge a huge SUCCESS!!

Once again, the Ninth Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Challenge was a huge success!  I can not thank you enough to all our participants, sponsors, friends, and family, that make this event so successful!  We raised over $13,000 for Barbara’s Friends – The Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund, and are still hoping in the next few months to make that $15,000!  The tournament has raised close to $80,000 in 8 years!  I have no doubt the next year we can get to that $100,000 mark!  Pictures to the gallery will be posted soon.  Please feel free to contact me directly for questions, comments, suggestions, etc…on what we can do as we get ready for the TENTH ANNUAL!!!

From the bottom of my heart….THANK YOU!!!

The 9th Annual Ryan McCleskey Redfish Tournament

The date for this years Ryan McCleskey Redfish Tournament is set for Saturday May 18, 2013.

As in the years past, Glenda, Frank, and the whole gang at Realmark and Cape Harbour have welcomed us back to host this great event.

Stay tuned for more details!!!!

Best year ever – 2012!!!

What a tournament!!  The 8th Annual Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge was the best to date!  We had 39 boats register and raised close to $15,000 for Barbara’s Friends – The Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund!!  None of this would have been possible without the support and generosity of all of you.

From raffle ticket sales, silent auction packages, registration fees and of course our tournament sponsors, the event couldn’t have gone any better!

The winners of our first ever Sea-Doo raffle was the Gallagher family of Port Charlotte! Purchasing just one ticket back in April, proved to be all they needed.  The Gallagher’s were  celebrating their daughters graduation in Boston when they received the call that they had won the ski.  It didn’t take them long to get on the water, as they were out enjoying the Sea-Doo the following weekend!!!

The crowd was entertained by one of Southwest Florida’s best country bands – One Night Rodeo, who graciously donated their time and “off the charts” music at the weigh in!  Hopefully this was just the beginning of many great years to come!!! (Thanks guys!!)

The winning teams were a mix of previous participants, paired up with two new teams.

Please visit the Results page to see a list of the winners!  We did throw in a 4th Place Award  this year which went to Team Ashmore Construction.  Another favorite of the tournament – the “Big Calcutta” which was $1100 and went to our 3rd Place winners – Fishing Fools and Tom Hargrove….proved to be not a bad day on the water for the team!  My personal favorite (although I  shouldn’t be bias!) went to our 2nd Place winners LowTide…Tony – one of Ryan’s best friends, Kristin, Casey, and my nephew Matt!  They also had the biggest catch of the day at 6.92#! First Place went to Team Red, who’s teammates have supported this tournament since the beginning, on one boat or another..- Big Red, Billy Glass, April and Chris – congrats!

Please feel free to email any photos you would like to have added to the gallery!

A special thanks again to all our sponsors – Becky, Jeff and the gang at RumRunners, Frank, Glenda and the crew at Cape Harbour and RealMark (without your support, none of this would be possible), Jason and the staff at Twisted Conch, my favorite Weigh Master – Wayne and family – Cape Tool and Tackle, Bobbi for the great food on Saturday – Geo’s and Cafe Aguilar, Bob at Direct Impressions – the brochures were FANTASTIC, Ray and Barbara at BMI, The Root Family – D & D Bait and Tackle, The Donaldson’s & ITC, Jerry and Val Sauber, SP Designs, Tim an the gang at Stevie Tomatos, Chris and Troy for the new website, MP Electric (thanks bro!), Florida MotorSports and Windward Construction- Brain and Lauren, for your love and support of me , and this tournament!  Lastly, all of the local businesses that donated gift certificates, silent auction items, and prizes, that helped to generate thousands of dollars…THANK YOU!!!!!

 

In closing, with my sincere gratitude and appreciation, thank you again for supporting Ryan’s tournament and helping make his and my wishes come true!!  See you all next year!!!

 

Kristin

 

 

The story of Barbara’s Friends – The Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund

At age 32, Barbara Haskell learned she had breast cancer.  During her four-year battle against the illness, Barbara marveled at the bravery of children with cancer.  She often wondered how children so young dealt with a treatment that sometimes can be more difficult than the disease itself.

She always spoke of her desire to help children in their fight against cancer.  Her parents, Betty and Frank Haskell, have helped make her wish come true with the creation of Barbara’s Friends – The Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund.  The organization’s rainbow logo comes from Barbara’s lifelong love of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”, and it’s memorable song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.  The heart at the end of the rainbow symbolizes the theme of love and hope for children with cancer.

Barbara lost her fight against cancer.  But her legacy, Barbara’s Friends, has helped many children in Southwest Florida win their battles.

Ryan shared the same sentiments as Barbara.  Being surrounded by children throughout his treatment, Ryan always admired their unbelievable strength, courage, and yet, such innocence.  He was a big “kid” himself, a “clown” without a costume as many remember him.  Barbara’s Friends and The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, can help make a difference in the life of a child with cancer or blood disorder. Every child deserves the best medical care, right here at home.

The Ryan McCleskey Memorial Redfish Challenge – Ryan’s Story

A former US Navy Diver, Ryan McCleskey ended his fight against cancer on February 3, 2006.  Born in Panama City Florida in 1979, then moving to Cape Coral, after middle school, Ryan always had a love for the water. Whether he was fishing or diving, the water was his home away from home.

He was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, which generally affects young children, in April 2002, while stationed in Hawaii.  After completing fourteen cycles of chemotherapy, and two major surgeries, in Bethesda Maryland where he was first treated at the National Institute of Health, we thought it would be best to move back home to Cape Coral, near family and friends.

Ryan was in remission for six months before his cancer came back.  It was at that time, we found an amazing staff of doctors and nurses at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.  Ryan’s friends put together the first fishing tournament in 2004.  Ryan felt the best way to express his gratitude for the care he received, was to continue the tournament for years to come and donate all the proceeds to Barbara’s Friends – The Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund.

Ryan passed away at home, the night before his second annual fishing tournament. He was surrounded by his family, friends, and countless fishing buddies that stopped by to see him that night.  Ryan had touched so many lives, whether it was the doctors, nurses, children that were being treated with him, or complete strangers.  With countless tattoos covering his arms and legs, your first impression was this “big, burly guy”, must be real rough and tough!  Just the opposite, Ryan had a heart of gold, great sense of humor, and would do anything for his family and friends.

To date we have raised over $50,000 for Barbara’s Friend’s and there will be a room named in Ryan’s honor at the new Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, which is to begin construction sometime in 2013.

This is our eighth annual tournament and look forward to many, many, more great years ahead of us, raising money for a cause that will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

I am sure Ryan is looking down with that big grin on his face, that we all knew so well!