About The Florida Bay Music Festival

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The Second Annual Florida Bay Music Festival plans to raise funds to support four important local Florida Keys charities – Casting for Cats Rescue, Mangrove Mike’s Everglades Education, Marathon Wild Bird Center and Floria Keys Wild Bird Center.

About Casting for Cats

Casting for Cats, Inc. was started in 2001 as a one-day ladies fishing tournament in the Florida Keys to raise money to help feral cats. The tournament has become one of the largest women’s backcountry tournaments in all the Keys. Casting for Cats is also the owner of the Poor Girls Sailfish Tournament. It is known as the largest women’s sailfish tournament in the country! CFC is a a 501C-3 charity with all proceeds going to the animals. Casting for Cats has been responsible for spaying/neutering thousands of cats and adopting hundreds of cats and kittens. They are proud to be partnered with the Upper Keys Veterinary Hospital where they have purchased cages, an ultrasound machine, top-of-the-line x-ray machines, and medical supplies to help so many needy animals. 33 percent from the Florida Bay Music Festival will continue to aid the animals that need their help. CFC looks forward to a very successful event that will become a yearly event.

Casting for Cats

About Mangrove Mike’s Everglade Education

To say the name Mangrove Mike here in the Keys is like saying the name of a close, always giving, family member. Mike has made a name for himself in every place where help is needed. Mike Forster is currently a sitting Councilman and former Mayor of Islamorada Village of Islands. Mike also sits on the boards of United Way of the Florida Keys, Healthy Start, MARC House and RHETT Syndrome, and he is a founding member of Florida Bay Forever. An Avid backcountry fisherman, he is a political advocate for sustainability on the State and National level, working on securing funds for Florida Bay’s survival.

Mangrove Mike’s Everglade Education

Mike’s third of the funds raised after all expenses will be used for educational purposes – a County-wide elective in our 3 high school science programs. This would be an educational (science-based) tutorial for our future stakeholders and our future stewards of the health and sustainability of Florida Bay and Everglades National Park. He hopes the funding will encourage our students to help keep the Everglades something we can all love and share for many years to come.

Mangrove Mike for Everglades Education

Mike Forster is currently a sitting Councilman, and former Mayor of Islamorada Village Of Islands. Mike also sits on the boards of United Way of the Florida Keys, Healthy Start, MARC House and RHETT Syndrome, and he is a founding member of Florida Bay Forever. An Avid backcountry fisherman, he is a political advocate for sustainability on the State and National level, working on securing funds for Florida Bay’s survival.

Mike’s third of the funds raised after all expenses will be used for educational purposes – a County-wide elective in our 3 high school science programs. This would be an educational (science-based) tutorial for our future stakeholders and our future stewards of the health and sustainability of Florida Bay and Everglades National Park.