2017 Christmas Walk

Published on 15 November 2017


2017 Christmas Walk
November 25, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Downtown Boca Grande Village

Join us for the Annual Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk! The Boca Grande Village will be ringing with Christmas Cheer. Stroll down the luminaree-lit town and visit with our local businesses, enjoy performances by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and share your Christmas wishes with Santa Claus. Kick off the happiest time of the year on this night to remember!

Featured performances by:

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

Schedule of Events

5:00 pm -Luminary Walk
5:15 – 6:00 pm – Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet Performance
6:00-6:15 pm – BGACC Sponsorship Awards
6:15 pm – Santa Comes to Town!
7:00 – 7:45 pm – Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet Performance

If you have any questions or inquiries about the 2017 BGACC Christmas Walk please contact the Chamber office:

Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 704
Boca Grande, FL 33922
Office: (941) 964-0568
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Email: info@bocagrandechamber.net

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2017 Boca Grande Chamber Scholarship Golf Scramble

2017 Boca Grande Chamber Scholarship Golf Scramble 

October 9, 2017

Platinum Sponsor: Grande Aire Services, Inc.

Host: The Gasparilla Inn & Club Golf Course


The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce had a great turn out for this years Annual Scholarship Golf Scramble!

With 21 Teams and over $26,000 raised, we had a knockout day on the golf course.

We would like to give a big thank you to The Gasparilla Inn & Club for hosting the event as well as our Platinum sponsor, Grande Aire Services, for presenting the Scramble! Making a difference in these students lives wouldn’t be possible without you and we can’t thank you enough!

The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce would also like to thank Board Director, Brian Corcoran, and coordinator, Dawn Havens of The BRC Group for organizing such a successful event!



Flight Champions

Scott Ittersagen, Mark Wilkins, Rick Pfaffendorf, and Len Carney

(Score: 59)






1st Flight Winner

Team Gasparilla Inn: Jeff Corkhill, Brent Cross, Larry Wilkins, and Michael Ott
(Score: 63)



2nd Flight Winner

Brian Swain, Beth Swain, Dawn Daugherty, and Jill Wolfe
(Score: 67)










Whether you played, sponsored, or hosted the 2017 Boca Grande Chamber Scholarship Golf Scramble, we are so grateful for your contribution to this impactful cause!

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The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the official 27th Annual Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament artist. Brendan Coudal is back for the 2017 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament, with a few of our favorite things — mermaids, dolphins and Tarpon. The art titled, “Mermaids Do it Better,” depicts a mermaid winning the Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament for the first time ever.


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2016 Chamber Golf Scramble a success

Published on 02 November 2016

The annual Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble tournament took place on Monday, Oct. 10 at The Gasparilla Inn & Club golf course and raised more than $22,000 for the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund.

A total of 18 teams participated in the event. An awards party featuring culinary delights from The Inn’s talented chefs followed the tournament. Hill Tide Estates was a major sponsor of the event this year. The hole-in-one contests included an EZ-GO golf cart and a chance to win $10,000. No one made a hole-in-one.

Awards were givedsc_4188n out for the top winners in three
flights. Winners and score results are as follows:

First Place Championship Flight: Doug Wolz Scott Lakeman Shane Sovan Chris Campbell

First Place First Flight: Scott Ittersagen Mark Wilkins Rick Pfaffendorf Tyler Wilkins

First Flight Second Flight: Bob Peterson John Beane Danny Nix Dennis Cesari

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this event!

For more tournament photos, click HERE.

Thank you to Hill Tide Estates for being our Platinum Sponsor!


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Halloween Walk Announced

Published on 21 October 2016

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Chamber Christmas Walk scheduled

Published on 18 October 2016

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Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 

5 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Boca Grande

Shop the sales, see Santa and enjoy a true Florida Christmas!

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World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament 2016

Published on 18 March 2016

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Dear Anglers, Sponsors and Sport Fishing fans the world over,

The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce will host this popular, traditional tournament on May 19th & 20th 2016. This storied and immensely popular sporting event is sponsored by the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce, while working with expert recommendations from the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association to create an event that will thrill even the most experienced angler.

The dates and times of competition have been chosen by guides whose livelihood has rested on the knowledge of fishing Boca Grande Pass, has been perfected over a century and passed down through generations assuring a successful and exciting tournament. Recently added conservation methods and practices will help preserve the local fishery and insure that future generations will be able to enjoy the natural beauty and abundance locals have enjoyed dating back thousands of years when this area was inhabited by the native Calusa.

Your sponsorship investment and participation in this highly anticipated event is not only appreciated but vital to its success and will help the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce continue to deliver quality events, enable us to maintain our level of commitment to our annual scholarship awards for local students and promote local businesses that will ultimately give a boost to an otherwise slow economic recovery.

In the past, the “World’s Richest” Tarpon Tournament drew anglers and Captains from all over the world who competed for prize money that in some years totaled up to a quarter of a million dollars. This high profile event will be promoted heavily in a variety of mediums with our featured Sponsors presented prominently in press releases, programs and on merchandise giving those businesses an opportunity for maximum advertising exposure while helping support a local tradition that has taken the lead in combining sport fishing and conservation.

Space is limited so contact our Chamber office to submit your entry form or arrange your corporate sponsorship early.

WRTT Entry Form
WRTT Rules

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to preserving “Old Florida” the way it was meant to be.


Marcy Shortuse
Chamber President

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Four great tournaments coming up this season!

Published on 15 February 2016

Layout 1 (Page 1)The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce will present four tarpon tournaments to anglers this year, as the Gasparilla Outiftters’ Howl at the Moon Tournaments come under our wing.

Capt. Sandy Melvin, owner of Special Effects/Gasparilla Outfitters and Chamber board member, has announced the date for the traditional “Howl at the Moon” Open Invitational Tarpon Tournament on Friday, May 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. The entry fee will be $500 per team.

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Join our community on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. when we will host the 2016 Boca Grande Christmas Walk. Participating businesses will stay open late with sales and snacks, the decorations will be out and Santa Claus will be arriving by fire truck to greet everyone!

Call us at 964-0568 for more information.

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wrtt-logo-new copyIf you think you have what it takes to fish the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament, keep May 19 and 20, 2016 open on your calendar.

Entry fee into the tournament is $5,000 per boat. Payout is based on a 20-boat field and will be adjusted accordingly.

Cash prizes include:

Day 1 First Fish Release: $7,500
Day 1 Last Fish Release: $7,500
Day 2 First Fish Release: $7,500
Day 2 Last Fish Release: $7,500
1st Place Most Total Releases: $30,000
2nd Place Most Total Releases: $20,000

Contact the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce at 964-0568 for details as to how to sign your team up!

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