Staff members and students from CMCC volunteered again this year at the Captain’s Meeting and fundraising auctions held August 1 for the twenty-first, and last, Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament (SITT) held at Spring Point Marina in South Portland.
The SITT was a first-class giant Bluefin tuna fishing tournament that brought together highly skilled anglers from all over the Northeast.
The SITT Charitable Foundation has made more than $750,000 in contributions since the inaugural event in 1998. Most of the funds have gone toward establishing and growing scholarship endowments at Maine’s community colleges, including Central Maine Community College.
Helping out at the event were Admissions Counselor Chyanna Millett-Cordwell (left), a previous recipient of the SITT scholarship, and William Bishop (right), a student in the business program who is one of this year’s recipients.
Crews from 40 boats hauled in 30 Bluefin tuna of up to 800 pounds at this year’s tournament. Captain David Kohlhase and crew of the F/V FISHTALES (pictured below) came in first place with a catch of an 801-pound monster!
SITT tourney officials estimate that the auctions, sponsors and private donations will add approximately $250,000.00 this year to endowed scholarship funds at Maine’s community colleges.