The John Havlicek Celebrity Fishing Tournament, a people-spotting fishing and golf tournament that raises money for the Genesis Fund, celebrates its 30th anniversary this week.
The contest has raised $2 million for the nonprofit organization committed to helping children with birth defects, genetic disorders and intellectual disabilities and their families.
The event was started by Boston Celtic legend John Havlicek and his wife, Beth.
Celebrities and contestants arrive on Thursday; many will stay at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. Friday golf will be at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. On Saturday, 19 boats will participate in the catch and release fishing contest, which leaves from the Oak Bluffs harbor at 9 a.m. Everett (Porky) Francis of Edgartown and David Pothier of Oak Bluffs are among the many Island captains who volunteer their time. Mr. Francis has contributed to the tournament every year for the last 30 years. Mr. Pothier said he can’t remember when he got started helping the fundraiser. “It is all for a good cause,” he said yesterday.
For more information go to thegenesisfund.org