Filleting 400 pounds of fish for the “Hookers.”
I’m working for my Hooker friends today. You might say, “Surely you jest.” I’d have to answer, “Not at all.” Then you might say, “Oh, its a fishing club!” I’d say, “No, it’s a bunch of women.” Silence – then you might inquire, “Real Hookers?” I’d be your echo, “Yep, real Hookers.” Another few seconds of silence, then you’d ask, “What’s your wife think of that?” I’d answer, “She is one.”
Yes, I’m married to a Hooker; a Matlacha Hooker. And, I’m proud of it. The women who comprise the Matlacha Hooker’s are one of the most effective civic organizations I’ve ever seen or even heard about. They raise money and SPEND THAT MONEY on the projects they sponsor. Independent and flexible, these gals get things done! Funds don’t get frittered away in corporate style home offices. These ladies, the Hookers of Matlacha, Florida are the embodiment of the American spirit of community and charity.
The project pictured above is to raise money for the Pine Island Elementary School. The funds are given directly to the school to buy everything from classroom supplies to expensive items the school could not afford. The event is a combination fishing tournament (You can participate if you wish – flyer below) and derby. There’s music, auctions, the famous fish fry (That’s what I sliced and diced for), and much more.
The derby is unique. Young people can participate in this “junior” tournament! Go to http://www.matlachahookers.org for more information and rules etc. This is truly a fun event.
You have to admire the Hookers. They have their sleeves rolled up, not their hands out.
If you’d like to say Hi, I’ll be cleaning fish for the tournament participants and children’s derby on Sunday
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