Shipbuilder creates new charitable organization for sustainability efforts
PANAMA CITY, FL – On Saturday, May 20th, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, held its 21st annual ESG Freshwater Classic on the Apalachicola River and raised $30,000 to benefit the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Panama City, Florida. In total, ESG has donated $150,000 to the children’s organization. To facilitate Eastern’s philanthropic efforts in the community the company has launched a nonprofit, Eastern Shipbuilding Charities, Inc. through which it will hold several charitable events each year.
“We’ve launched Eastern Shipbuilding Charities, Inc, to formalize our philanthropic efforts in service to the community. The fishing tournament is one of several charitable initiatives we conduct each year to give back, and we are looking forward to increasing our impact in the years to come,” said Joey D’Isernia, CEO of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.
“The team at the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center is grateful for the continued support and generosity of Eastern Shipbuilding Group. The funds raised annually at this amazing event stays local, helps local children and strengthens local families. Together, we are all making a difference for good,” said Lori Allen, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.
“We would like to thank the sponsors and countless volunteers for their contributions to this event each year. We would also like to thank everyone in Gulf County for their gracious hospitality. These efforts have given us the opportunity to support the community that Eastern Shipbuilding Group calls home,” said England Reeves, ESG Freshwater Classic tournament director.
About the Freshwater Classic: Hosted by Justin Leake of “Chasin the Sun” the friendly competition includes a 2000-gallon live fish display tank, local food vendors, and a chance to win prizes in the charity raffle. Each year, the event draws hundreds of employees, vendors, and local residents to raise funds for local initiatives in the area. This year’s event had a record 630 participants and dozens of sponsors.
Photos of the Freshwater Classic: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAF4iy
Video of the Freshwater Classic: https://youtu.be/hQezC7t8Q1M
Winners of the 21st ESG Freshwater Classic:
1st Bubba Thorne & Todd Mcglon
2nd Bayou Metals & CJ Lockamy
3rd Beier Radio & Jason Bruner
Lunker Bubba Thorne & Todd Mcglon
Youth Easton Reeves
1st Gulf Coast Electric COOP
2nd Rafael Iguarta & Jamey Guffey
3rd BCC & Ed Baxley
Lunker Gulf Coast Electric COOP
Youth Logan Shiver
1st Daniel Bronson
2nd Hank Girardot
3rd Gulf Coast Electric COOP
Lunker Daniel Bronson
Youth Addie Bronson
1st Gulf Coast Electric COOP
Thank you to the Sponsors of the 21st ESG Freshwater Classic:
|ITW Welding North America
H&E rental equipment
Karl Senner, LLC
Apache Industrial Services
Corrosion Control Specialist
Hiller Systems Fire Protection
Marine Interior Systems
Advanced Mechanical Enterprise
Siemens Digital Industries Software
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative
Southern Pipe & Supply
Phoenix Labor Group
Ace Hardware – PSJ
Duren’s Piggly Wiggly
About Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) is an American owned and operated shipbuilder with three shipyards on the Florida Gulf Coast. They build world class vessels for national defense and commercial clients, including the U.S. Coast Guard’s Heritage Class Offshore Patrol Cutters. ESG is the largest private sector employer in Northwest Florida and is a 2017 recipient of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Small Business of the Year award. With a portfolio of over 350 vessels and Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) certified systems, ESG is known as one of the most diverse vessel construction companies in the country. www.easternshipbuilding.com