Anglers, Naples community & military supporters join together in support of service members, veterans and military families
Left to Right: Robin Kelleher (President & CEO of Hope For The Warriors), Johnny Bench, Jimmy Walker & Christine Walker (owners of Walker’s Hideaway Marina of Naples), Angie Skinner & Mike Skinner.
NAPLES, Fla. (March 14, 2018) – The inaugural Redfish Round-Up raised over $150,000 this past Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, 2018. Held at Walker’s Hideaway Marina of Naples, the Redfish Round-Up raised money for Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring self, family and hope for service members, veterans and their families. Featuring a kick-off party, silent auction and fishing tournament, the event brought together anglers, service members, celebrities and the Naples community in their support of our nation’s heroes.
“We’re really proud of the outcome of this year’s Redfish Round-Up event and the impact that we’ll be able to make on service members, veterans and their families through our support of Hope For The Warriors,” said Mike Skinner, 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and co-host of the 2018 Redfish Round-Up. “Jimmy and Christine Walker provided an amazing venue in Walker’s Hideaway Marina of Naples, and we had a great day on the water with our service members. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and Dave Moody did an amazing job helping us promote the event and draw support nationwide. Hope For The Warriors hosts an amazing outdoor adventure program, so it was cool for us to be able to highlight that while raising money for a great cause. Angie [Skinner, wife] and I have been hosting ‘Round-Up for Charity’ events since 2005, and this one is sure to go down as one of the best.”
Service members, celebrities and Hope For The Warriors staff at the 2018 Redfish Round-Up.
The 2018 Redfish Round-Up was co-hosted by Jimmy and Christine Walker of Walker’s Hideaway Marina of Naples, as well as NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Mike Skinner and his wife, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio host, Angie. The merged concept allowed the Skinners’ Round-Up for Charity brand to continue since its 2005 inception, while bringing a new “five-o’clock somewhere” feel to the event with the Naples venue and fishing tournament concept provided by the Walkers. Furthermore, the setting and activities allowed the event to highlight Hope For The Warriors’ Outdoor Adventure program and the therapeutic benefits that service members, veterans and their families find through outdoor adventures and outdoor sports.
“When Hope For The Warriors started over 11 years ago, we dreamed of events like the Redfish Round-Up supporting our initiatives,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “We are grateful to the community of Naples for embracing the event. Most importantly the organizers and participants of the Redfish Round-Up are truly impacting the well-being of the many veterans, service members, and families who have bravely served and sacrificed for our country.”
Event co-host Angie Skinner (fifth from left) joins service members participating in the 2018 Redfish Round-Up fishing tournament.
Hope For The Warriors created its Outdoor Adventures program in 2010 to provide adaptive opportunities for wounded heroes to participate in outdoor sporting activities. In 2012, the program expanded to also include activities for spouses and children of wounded and fallen service members. One of many programs offered by Hope For The Warriors, last year the Outdoor Adventures program hosted nearly 40 events across the United States.
To learn more about Hope For The Warriors, apply for services or find out how you can get involved, visit HopeForTheWarriors.org.