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‘Ding’ Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament May 3

March 22, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A 100-percent purse and the new allure of winning a coveted tarpon jacket promise to make the seventh annual "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament on Friday, May 3, 2019, the hottest competition on the water.

Doc Ford's -- with locations on Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, and Fort Myers Beach -- has again committed to being the title sponsor for the 2019 tournament, along with the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. Proceeds will benefit wildlife and conservation education at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

The tournament pays out 100 percent of the entry fees, which could amount to $25,000 or more, as tournament awards to the top five teams. This year, 55 spots in the tournament were filled shortly after opening registration online late last year. Interested parties can contact DDWS executive director Birgie Miller at 239-472-1100 ext. 4 or to add their names to a waiting list.

"Doc Ford's has been a faithful supporter of our efforts at 'Ding' Darling, helping greatly to bolster refuge programs and research to balance federal budget shortfalls," said Miller. "Last year we raised $120,000 for the refuge as a result of sponsorships, donations, and auction proceeds. In its seven years of existence, the tourney has raised nearly $450,000. We're so grateful to Doc Ford's for this huge effort in our behalf."

For more information on the tournament, visit Anyone interested in becoming a tournament sponsor should contact Dot Vorhees at 239-472-1100, extension 239, or



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