year marked the Albatross Fleet’s 80th anniversary, and while the famed
local fleet has held big celebrations for prior anniversaries, this
year they decided that they wanted to celebrate the milestone occasion
by giving back to the community.
To commemorate their longevity, the Albatross
Fleet decided to raise money to support the newly formed Hatteras
Island Cancer Foundation Endowment Fund, which is being held and
managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation.
And how did the esteemed fishing charter fleet support the endowment fund? With a fishing tournament, of course.
The all-women’s offshore fishing tournament – the
Albatross Fall Female Classic – was held on Saturday, October 28, and
was a great event that was accented with perfect October weather.
The Albatross Fleet offered up two of their
boats, the Albatross II and the Albatross III, to take out 12 women to
fish for the day. The crews of these boats, Captain Ernie Foster
with Mate Wheeler Ballance, and Captain Brian Mattingly with Mate Sumner
Mattingly, all forwent their pay for the day as well, donating their
time to support the cause.
Each woman donated $250 to the Hatteras Island
Cancer Foundation. For their donation, they were treated to a day
out on the water, with breakfast, lunch, beverages, and snacks all
provided, and gift bags that were filled with all sorts of great items
which were donated from local businesses and residents.
This was all secondary to the fellowship and
camaraderie that the anglers enjoyed among friends, both old and
new. Additional donations also came in from bystanders both early
in the morning as the ladies were preparing to board the boats, and in
the afternoon when everyone involved was celebrating the catches of the
In total, $3,300 was raised during the event,
with participants noting that the day of fall fishing was a success in
more ways than one.
“The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation would like
to sincerely thank the Albatross Fleet for including us in their
celebration of their 80th anniversary,” said HICF representatives in a
statement. “They coordinated this event for us, lining up all the
anglers and getting so many of our local businesses and residents to
donate for this event.”
“It is their hope as well as ours that this will
be an event that will grow over the years, with more boats becoming
involved. Neighbors helping neighbors!”
Donations to the HICF Endowment Fund continue to be accepted and appreciated and can be sent to:
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation
PO Box 442
Hatteras, NC 27943
Please write “Endowment” on the Memo Line.
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