Families deal with tragedy and grief in different ways, and Tom Smith, his wife Linda and their son Wes choose to honor the late Trevor Smith with a foundation in his name.
For the past four years, the Smiths have run an annual fishing tournament under the umbrella of the foundation.
The Smiths again selected Naples Youth Haven – an emergency shelter that houses abused, neglected or abandoned boys and girls age six through 18 – to receive money raised at the tournament.
“We chose Youth Haven because Trevor loved kids and wanted children of his own,” said mom Linda.
“We have 18 kids coming. They are going to ride with Mangrove Maniacs and also enjoy an eco-tour and safe fishing lesson with them.”
Captains for Clean water will also again benefit this year.
The catch-and-release tournament features an October 18 (Friday evening) Captain’s meeting, banquet and social at Kretch’s Restaurant, with raffle items, a live auction and a $10,000 cash raffle (winner take all) up for grabs. The banquet is open to all, and fishing the tournament is not necessary.
One of the live auctions is an off-shore full day’s fishing with NFL Hall of Fame (Bears) player Brian Urlacher on his 43-foot Yellowfin boat with Capt. Stephen Cooper at the helm.
Fishing begins sunrise the next morning (Oct. 19) at the Goodland Park boat ramp. Teams will be seeking trout, redfish and snook, and the combined length of one of each species will determine the winner.
There will also be an open and fly division.
Previous foundation beneficiaries have included Big Brothers Big Sisters, Captains for Clean Water and Camp Able. Hurricane Irma victims also found a friend in the foundation.
The Smith family made special mention of tournament director Shauna Fernandez, Wes Smith and his wife Naomi, Jack Stroube, JJ Stinchcomb and also Drew Naeckel for dreaming up the tournament in the first place.
People interested in the tournament, or who would like to contribute to the foundation should visit TRexonelastcast.com for complete details.