The Sea Island Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association held its annual banquet 11/12 at the new Founder's Hall facility at Charles Towne Landing. The new first-class facility welcomed the hungry CCA members who began eating the food catered by Charleston Bay Gourmet right at 6 p.m. when the doors opened. A cocktail hour was followed by a silent auction countdown by CCA SC Director Scott Whittaker, and then a live auction was conducted by Roy Smith. Fishing trips, fish prints and fish sculptures dominated the bidding - and a 'mystery cooler' filled with all sorts of fishing gear was the final item auctioned. A raffle for coolers, cookers, camo and more raised money that will stay in South Carolina for CCA's conservation programs. Anyone interested in becoming a steering committee member of the Sea Island team (downtown Charleston, West Ashley and John's Island) can contact chapter president John Barham.
Photos by Jeff Dennis: CCA members that came straight from the deer stand were Addison Rupert, Grant Hawes and Richey Almes; Michael Appel joins Captain Mike Able of Able-minded Charters and Ross Appel - President of Homewaters Clothing; Ken Hoover and Roy Smith make up CCA's 'one-two' punch at the auction microphone