Tasi to Table Youth Fishing Club and Saipan Fishermen’s Association boat raffle rescheduled

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(Press Release) — The organizing committees of the Tasi to Table Youth Fishing Club and the Saipan Fishermen’s Association would like to inform the general public that the raffle slated for July 2020 has been postponed to Dec. 12, 2020. The location and time will be provided at a later time.

Sea Infection anglers haul back Wahoos during last year's inaugural Wahoo in the Marianas Fishing Tournament at the Smiling Cove Marina.

Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Between the organizers and sponsors, it was agreed upon that with the ongoing demise of the economy from Covid-19, it is prudent that the raffle drawing be moved to give better opportunities for members of the community to avail themselves of these special fishing prizes up for grabs.

Coral Reef Marine Center Guam, Morning Star Boats, Mercury Marine, Mobil Oil Marianas, Saipan Fishing Tackle & Sporting Goods, Marianas Pacific Distributors Inc., Roil Soil Clothing, IT&E, 4Ever CNMI, Saipan Fishermen’s Association and Tasi to Table are sponsors of the specialty prized items and have all agreed to move the raffle date ensuring opportunities for all involved.

The grand prize raffle is a brand new 16-foot Morning Star aluminum hull boat with a 60hp 4-stroke outboard motor that comes with a trailer, bimini top, hand held vhf radio, navigation lights, fuel tank, life jackets and emergency flare set. A complete boat package originally to be offered during the SFA’s 36th annual Saipan International Fishing Tournament slated for July 2020.

“Given the nature of what this pandemic is causing, we, the SFA, feel it imperative that we consider the move of our raffle program. This raffle is designed to support our youth in that funds garnered will go towards the mentorship program that the SFA has partnered up with Tasi to Table to offer to each of our public high schools with the Public School System,” states Gene Weaver, SFA president.

At $100 for each raffle ticket and with a limited number of tickets printed for this drawing, purchasers have a better chance of winning great prizes that follow the grand prize offered by Coral Reef Marine Center Guam, Morning Star Boats and Mercury Marine outboards.

“We have been given an opportunity to support the CNMI’s youth fishing club as well the SFA over the years and because of the situation we are facing with Covid-19, Coral Reef Marine Center Guam has agreed with the organizing committee to move up the raffle date. It would provide a better position for all involved with securing a better outcome for this type of fundraising activity that benefits the youth fishing club with Tasi to Table,” states Tim Perez of Coral Reef Marine Center Guam.

Cecilio Raiukuilipy, chairman of the Tasi to Table Youth Fishing Club, states, “We want to ensure that we make the most of this opportunity. The raffle is intended to support the fishing clubs and therefore a decision amongst members of TTT that we will move the date. Our youth fishing clubs with each public high school associated with the Public School System deserves the best opportunities we can provide and therefore as an organization focused on providing lessons on various fishing tactics and in collaboration with various agencies involving boating safety, environment protection, and many other facets of life offered skills here in the CNMI, TTT will continue to push opportunities for our youth.”

With added time for the raffle drawing moved from July to December 2020, additional sponsors for the raffle now include other businesses joining the cause offering packages that will be drawn as well. At $100 for each ticket, a total value of prizes being offered in December is estimated at $30,000.00 in value.

“For those that have already purchased tickets, we thank you in advance and ask for your understanding in the postponement,” adds Weaver.

For raffle ticket purchase, contact TTT members at 789-2539, 788-8057, 483-4363 or 789-6363. Limited tickets are available for purchase.

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