Friday, March 12, 2010

Columbia CCA Banquet

The Columbia chapter of CCA held its annual banquet on March 11 at Leaside. A buffet fit for royalty was served, including boiled shrimp, bar-b-que pork, chicken, and much more along with an open bar.

A silent auction which, among other items, included outdoors-related artwork and an inshore fishng combo was held. A live auction followed, and included several get-aways, guided fishing and hunting trips, artwork, and fishing gear. Finally, a raffle took place with prizes ranging from Yeti coolers to a custom CCA golf cart.

CCA--Coastal Conservation Association--is a non-profit organization made up of tens of thousands of members among 17 coastal state chapters. CCA uses its large membership to help shape fishing debates and new guidelines. The organization focuses on the big picture, but they do it at the local, state, and federal levels and are very visible in many projects from fundraising to building and improving artificial reefs.

Getting involved in CCA is not just important; it's also easy. Check out their national website at, and the South Carolina Chapter's website at

PhotosByBrianCope: Summerville-based Scout Boats is a major sponsor of CCA South Carolina. This golf cart was one of the prizes given away in the raffle. Richie Boykin shows off the Frogg Toggs rainsuit he won. CCA South Carolina Executive Director Scott Whitaker makes an announcement as Columbia's CCA Chairman Gene Bell looks on.

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