CATCHING A CURE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS
The Redbone Celebrity Tournament was founded in 1988 by Gary and Susan Ellis, parents of daughter Nicole, diagnosed with the disease in 1984 and helps the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund research for a cure. From one small tournament in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, the Redbone Celebrity Tournament has grown into 25 tournaments spanning both coasts of the US, Mexico and the Bahamas and attracting the participation of film and television celebrities, sports greats, past presidents and world class anglers; all sharing the goal of “catching a cure” for CF. For more than 25 years, The Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series has contributed over 10 million dollars to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
When interviewed at a recent Redbone Celebrity Tournament in Montauk, NY, Gary said, “There’s something about fisherman – they’re tenacious, they love a challenge – and what’s better than being able to fish and help save a young life at the same time – it doesn’t get any better . . . ”
For more information about the Redbone Celebrity Tournaments please visit www.redbone.org.
RAISING MILLIONS TO FIND A CF CURE – REDBONE TOURNAMENT FOUNDER, GARY ELLIS HONORED
At the 2014 annual banquet at the IGFA Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Florida, Ellis was inducted at the IGFA’s Fourth Annual Legendary Captains & Crews Awards Ceremony receiving the Tommy Gifford Award, along with several other captains from the US, Australia and Puerto Rico. The award is presented to seafarers who have made a mark across the world by their contributions to sport fishing through invention, outstanding catch or catches or by having set an extraordinary example of their recreational angling trade.
In addition, in late March of 2014, at the annual Redbone Island Walk to raise awareness and funds for the cure for cystic fibrosis in Islamorada, Florida, Ellis was surprised by US Congressman Joe Garcia (Florida) who joined the walk to provide him with a proclamation from the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., thanking him for the nearly three decades of charity work.