Organizations We Support
The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament is committed to giving back to the community. We believe the future belongs to our children, and it’s our responsibility to support them and conserve our marine resources for them. Towards that end we have donated over $850,000 to date.
In addition to our commitment to youth organizations including Achievable Dream, the Boys and Girls Clubs and Stop Abuse, we feel that the fate of our sportfishing traditions are closely intertwined with the health and viability of our oceans and the fish they harbor. To that end we support two organizations that work tirelessly to protect and maintain these resources for the generations to come – the Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Billfish Foundation.
Achievable Dream is a unique partnership between Newport News Public Schools, the City of Newport News, and the local business community to give our students who are at risk of failure in school due to socioeconomic factors, a chance to succeed. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are offered a quality education in a nurturing environment as well as the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with caring adults.
It is our mission to challenge and motivate all students to exceed their own expectations in academic achievement and social progress and to instill in all children respect for themselves, respect for their adult leaders and respect for core human values by providing all children with a social academic, and moral education. For more information visit achievabledream.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. They’re a safe place to learn and grow while having fun—they are truly the Positive Place for Kids. The BAGC mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. They provide a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs, character developing experiences, hope and opportunity. For more information visit www.bgca.org.
Stop Abuse, formerly known as the Children’s Performance Workshops, is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in Virginia Beach in 1986 that helps prevent child sexual abuse through education, detection and referral.
The nationally acclaimed marionette program, Simon Says Just Tell teaches young children essential safety education – that your body is your own – and how to recognize, prevent and disclose sexual abuse. Children learn messages of self-worth, empowerment and what to do when a potentially dangerous situation occurs.
The program has lead to the arrest and prosecution of hundreds of child molesters in Hampton Roads alone and thousands of cases of prevention have been directly attributed to the program as well.
Funding to help bring Simon Says Just Tell to our local schools and youth centers is dependent solely on the generosity of individuals, and foundation and corporation grants. For more information visit stopabuse.com.
The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation (TBF) was founded in 1986 with a mission of conserving billfish worldwide by the late Winthrop P. Rockefeller along with Tim Choate, Dr. Eric Prince and a group of fifty founding members. It’s initial focus was on research and education.
In 1990, TBF’s focus was expanded to include advocacy for responsible fisheries management, recognizing that influencing decision makers with sound science was a crucial step in successful billfish conservation. At the same time it started the volunteer tagging program which has become not only the foundation’s keystone program, but has also grown to be the largest international billfish tagging program in the world.
The Billfish Foundation is recognized globally and has continued to distinguish itself from other fish conservation organizations through sustained emphasis on synthesizing science and policy into effective, yet reasonable, fishery management solutions—solutions that are good for the fish but not punitive to recreational anglers. For more information visit billfish.org.
Recreational Fishing Alliance
Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) represents recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues on every coast, with state chapters established to spearhead the regional issues while building local support.Incorporated in 1996 as a 501(c)(4) national, grassroots political action organization, the
At the same time anti-fishing groups and showroom environmentalists are pushing their agenda on marine fisheries issues the RFA is battling back, lobbying decision makers to ensure that the interests of America’s coastal anglers are being heard loud and clear.
“The biggest challenge we face is the fight to reform and bring common sense and sound science into the fisheries management process, says James Donofrio, RFA founder and Executive Director. “As individuals, our concerns will simply not be heard; but as a united group, we can and do stand up to anyone who threatens the sport we enjoy so much – fishing!”
After more than seventeen years working inside the Beltway and within state capitols along the coast, RFA has become known as one of the nation’s most respected lobbying organizations, and our members have a lot to celebrate. For more information visit www.joinrfa.org.