About The Florida Bay Music Festival

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The First Annual Florida Bay Music Festival was created in hopes of raising much needed funds to support three important South Florida charities – Casting for Cats Rescue, Mangrove Mike’s Everglades Education and Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Learn more about the beneficiaries below:

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 Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the country. Following the recent hurricanes, they went to Texas and Puerto Rico, bringing back dogs and helping them to find homes and medical care. Big Dog Ranch was a huge help after Hurricane Irma, flying in much needed medical supplies and food to help care for the many cats at Theater of the Sea. Because of their help, Upper Keys Veterinary Hospital was also able to open their doors for any and all residents of the Keys to come and get food for any type of animal that needed it. They also flew planes of supplies to Marathon. It is with great pleasure that we welcome them as are our partner in the Florida Bay Music Festival.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the country. Their new 33-acre, cage-free campus is designed to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the beautiful animals that rely on us for their very existence. Every day they receive hundreds of requests from high-kill shelters about the precious dogs that are literally on their last day – dogs who will be euthanized due to space constraints. Over the past 13 years, Big Dog Ranch Rescue has saved over 25,000 dogs.

As the complete phase one of our rescue campus, they have increased their life saving capacity and are well on the way to their goal to save 5,000 lives per year!

The philosophy behind the Big Dog Ranch Rescue campus hinges on the novel idea that rescue facilities need not be sad places. That was the starting point. Over many years of design, redesign and ongoing construction, the doubled down on that mindset. Today, Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the happiest place on earth for dogs transitioning from homeless to forever homes.

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.