David Wirth Supports WARF Efforts in Florida Keys

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Artist David Wirth Supports Florida Keys Recovery Efforts
Through IGFA Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – April 10, 2018 Due to the generosity of artist and IGFA representative David Wirth, Florida Keys angling associations have received a second wave of financial support from the International Game Fish Association’s Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF). 

The Guides Trust Foundation (GTF) and the Islamorada Charter Boat Association (ICBA) each received an additional $3,000 grant from the recently created IGFA WARF program thanks to Wirth’s donation of a one-of-a-kind custom bronze blue marlin bust at the IGFA’s International Auction and Banquet. 
“My shop and gallery in Tavernier were hit hard by Irma and recovery has been very tough,” said Wirth. “That’s why I didn’t think twice about making this donation to the IGFA that will benefit my neighbors and friends here in the Keys.”
The auction of Wirth’s “Heads Up” sculpture raised $6,000 to help Florida Keys-based captains, guides and mates continue their recovery from Hurricane Irma. The GTF and the ICBA have now received $13,000 each from the WARF since last November.
“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the process that will provide this much needed relief to our fishing community,” said ICBA President Greg Eklund. 
The IGFA and its partner Costa Sunglasses created the WARF in September 2017. To date, the WARF has disbursed a total of $36,000 dollars to recreational angling associations in the Florida Keys and Texas to help local captains and guides recover from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, respectively.
The IGFA is working to solidify recipients of similar disbursements in Puerto Rico and locations throughout the Caribbean that were also impacted by hurricanes last year. 
“As an international organization, it’s important that the IGFA support disaster recovery efforts wherever the recreational angling community is in need,” said IGFA President Nehl Horton. “We are working through our international network and WARF partners to identify grant recipients in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean in the wake of last year’s devastating hurricanes.”
To make a direct, tax deductible contribution to the WARF, consumers can go to www.igfa.org/warf, or purchase a Costa t-shirt in support of recovery efforts at onecoast.net. The IGFA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 

About the IGFA
Founded in 1939, the IGFA is a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making, record keeping and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling. The IGFA also maintains world records in freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing and junior angler categories. The IGFA has members in more than 100 countries.