Here’s a combo: Wine, Women and Fishing. And it’s all for a good cause

Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation 2012 Wine, Women and Fishing Tournament. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of L. Todd Spencer)
Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation 2012 Wine, Women and Fishing Tournament. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of L. Todd Spencer)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Attention ladies: Here’s your chance to catch an ocean breeze, a few billfish and a cure for breast cancer at the 16th annual ladies-only Wine, Women & Fishing Charity Billfish Tournament on Sunday.

Funds raised will benefit breast cancer research at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Former local news reporter and cancer survivor Jane Gardner will be this year’s guest of honor, according to a news release.

To date, Wine, Women & Fishing has raised $670,000 for breast cancer research at EVMS.

Each year, hundreds of spectators watch the decorated boats come in to the weigh station as part of the Crazy Crew contest.

The day on the water will conclude with the awards banquet and party including wine and bourbon tastings, specialty summer cocktails and handcrafted goods crafted by local artisans.

Guava Jam will be providing live music throughout the celebration.

In a nutshell:

  • WHERE: “The View” at Rudee Inlet, 416 Southside Road, Virginia Beach.
  • WHEN:  Sunday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • WHY: This fishing tournament organized exclusively for women anglers supports efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

For details regarding the Wine, Women & Fishing event, visit here.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.