CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — An estimated crowd of 800 anglers (and their guests) attended a benefit concert at IGY Marina in Cabo San Lucas to help support Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund. It was the first event of its type and featured performances by rock band artists, auctions and raffles.
The Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund was established a few years ago as part of a partnership with La Paz University and the Green Scholarship Program. La Paz University offers four-year Marine Biology scholarships to selected students from underprivileged backgrounds. Awardees must have demonstrated excellence in previous studies and a desire to pursue a higher education path to their career goals despite hailing from an underprivileged background.
The 13 recipients of this year’s scholarship were introduced on stage.
An estimated $200,000 was raised for the Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation (and its beneficiaries) through a charity auction and raffle program.
Items offered through the live auction included a Napa Valley getaway and the chance to win a free entry to next year’s Black and Blue Tournament.
Baja Cantina was the charity concert’s main sponsor. The charity concert was open to the public.
The next benefit – to be held in early 2018 – will support a billfish tech-tag program.
More than $3.2 million was awarded to category winners of this year’s Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournament, which came to an end in late October.
Among those performing at the benefit event were John Elefante (former lead singer of Kansas), David Pack (former lead vocalist of Ambrosia), Wally Palmar (lead singer of The Romantics) and Gary Wright (singer of “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive”).