April 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm #2077Rich GallagherKeymasterIllinois Take a Vet Fishing Event is scheduled forMay 21st, 2017!Our third annual Illinois Take a Vet Fishing event is scheduled for May 21st, 2017! As of today, we have OVER 40 Veterans and 30 Guide boats signed up to participate. THERE IS STILL SPACE AVAILABLE if you know of any other Veterans who would enjoy “A day on the water”.We anticipate a FULL event. PLEASE understand we are dealing with over 80 Veterans and close to 60 guide boats, CHANGES CAN AND WILL HAPPEN. PLEASE try to be patient with us… we do our best to keep everyone happy. Unfortunately, people drop out, guide boats become unavailable, and we need to make moves. The only thing I can PROMISE is that EVERY GUIDE BOAT will receive a Veteran the day of the event! This DOES NOT mean that we may not have to make some last minute changes (even the day of the event), but we will do OUR BEST to make sure EVERYONE is happy.Thirsty Turtle/Brew and View Pub!The Thirsty Turtle Marina and Brew and View Pub have graciously offered to host our event again this year. We are SO GRATEFUL to these two establishments for going out of their way to accommodate us. PLEASE join me in offering them a sincere “Thank you” the day of the event. PLEASE NOTE that check in on Sunday morning will be down by the boat launch at the Thirsty Turtle Marina. The address is:Thirsty Turtle Marina & Brew & View Pub42273 N. Woodbine Ave.Antioch, IL. 60002Registration for BOTH Veterans and Guides will start at 6:00am. You can launch your boat ANYWHERE on the Fox Chain of Lakes, but you MUST pick up your Veteran at the Thirsty Turtle. There IS a single stall boat launch available at the Thirsty Turtle Marina and Take a Vet Fishing will pay the discounted $10.00 launch fee for any guide who wishes to launch their boat there. One day Fox Chain Waterway stickers WILL BE PROVIDED AT NO CHARGE to any boat captain who does not pay for the annual sticker. PLEASE NOTE! EVERY BOAT MUST DISPLAY THIS STICKER WHILE ON THE CHAIN! These stickers will be available at the registration tent the morning of the event.Hotel InformationComfort Inn and Suites, Gurnee, IL.ALL HOTEL ROOMS MUST BE ORDERED BY APRIL 20TH 2017. IF YOU DO NOT ORDER A HOTEL ROOM BY APRIL 20th, TAKE A VET FISHING WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY FOR YOUR ROOM.We MUST release our block of rooms back to the hotel on April 20th. After this date, TAVF WILL NOT be paying for any additional rooms. For those Veterans and Guides who have signed up for a hotel room (through the registration page on the website) for Saturday night, please note that the hotel room will be in YOUR NAME under Take a Vet Fishing. Please know that Take a Vet Fishing will pay for the room and any taxes. However you will be responsible for any incidentals that you charge to your room. The hotel MAY ASK for a credit card (for incidentals) at check in. PLEASE understand that if you give them a DEBIT card, it could tie up access to the cash in your account until they release the hold for the incidentals. If available, PLEASE use a credit card whenever possible for incidentals at a hotel.Due to the size of our expansion over the years, Take a Vet Fishing will pay for 1 hotel room per Veteran per season. If you choose to participate in more than one event, you will be responsible forpaying for your room at additional events. Take a Vet Fishing wants to make sure we afford as many Veterans the opportunity to participate in our events. The hotel information is:HotelComfort Inn and Suites6080 Gurnee Mills Cir. E.Gurnee, IL. 60031We look forward to another OUTSTANDING year on the water! Please email info@TakeAVetFishing.org with any questions.Boat assignments will be done ONE WEEK prior to the event. You will receive additional emails with additional information TWO WEEKS before the event.Thank you,2017 TAVF Board of DirectorsTake a Vet Fishing, NFP(413) FOR-VETS(413) 367-8387
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