By CRA NEWS Service
DELRAY BEACH – Former Delray Beach snowbirds Mike and Kitty Dukakis will return to their favorite South Florida city to help raise money for a cause that benefits local at-risk kids. The one-time Democratic presidential nominee and his wife will headline an April 13 cocktail reception for the Florida Fishing Academy, a nonprofit that uses fishing to teach disadvantaged youth key life skills, environmental awareness and career preparation.
The event will be held in the home of Kathy Daley Bochicchio, a former lobbyist for the city of Delray Beach and the vice president of the FFA Board of Directors, and her husband, Jim.
The reception is being held primarily for the Bochicchios’ neighbors, all residents of The Hamlet, an exclusive golf course community off Atlantic Avenue with more than 500 homes and a cadre of charity-minded citizens dedicated to children’s causes. The Hamlet Homeowners Association recently adopted the Florida Fishing Academy as one of its charities of choice, with the hope of helping the nonprofit further its reach and broaden the educational opportunities for children in need. Attendees of the April 13 reception are paying to become FFA members to support the academy’s programs.
The Dukakises will also help the academy cut the ribbon on its headquarter building at Boat Club Park in Boynton Beach on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The city of Boynton Beach donated the building and up-and-coming artist and Wyland apprentice Guy Snell painted the eye-popping underwater scenes. The ribbon-cutting is free and open to the public, and will include fishing activities, garbage-painting and other festivities.
The 5-year-old Florida Fishing Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that uses fishing in a hands-on, youth-oriented afterschool and summer camp program to guide at-risk students away from drugs, alcohol and violence and teach them responsible life skills.
To date, thanks to an array of donors, sponsors and partners, the academy has had more than 3,000 students complete its Angling for a Health Future course. With support from Fish Florida Tag, FFA has awarded fishing rods and reels to thousands of program participants, and all our students have experienced multiple hands-on, on-the-water activities through fishing trips on South Florida waterways.