(Bradenton, FL—December 19, 2018) The Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament donated $8,000 to the Marine Service Technology program at Manatee Technical College earlier this month. The money was raised through the 35th Annual Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament presented by Yellowfin; it is the largest amateur fishing competition on the West Coast of Florida. According to Matt Elliott, chairman of the Crosthwait foundation, the tournament was started in 1983 as a way to honor the memory of philanthropist and angler Col. Sam Crosthwait, a former Bradenton Yacht Club Commodore. The donation will be disbursed through the MTC Foundation.
PHOTO: Pictured left to right in the Marine Tech program area at MTC are Michael Biggins, James Stephenson, Matt Elliott, and Joseph Kennedy of the Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament; Kelly Ewing, MTC marine tech instructor; John Ziemnicki (back row), MTC Foundation; Bret Watson, MTC marine tech instructional assistant, and Dr. Valerie Viands, MTC director.