It’s time to get to know your local businesses, and we at Have1.com have interviewed a number of our customers. This week we’re featuring the Denis Bester Memorial Shootout Fishing Derby.
Q: Please tell us about your event.
A: Non-Profit Fishing event that raises funds for three local beneficiaries: The Salvation Army, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Grey Bruce and The Chapman House- Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce
Q: How long has the event been running?
A: 5 years, first named A Derby within a Derby and after the passing of Denis Bester in 2018 it was
renamed to the Denis Bester Memorial Shootout
Q: What type of audience is your event for?
A: Anglers and outdoorsmen of all ages
Q: What were a couple of the events highlights since starting it?
A: 2020 event seen a sold out event with 750 tickets sold (1003 anglers) and $20,500 spilt between The Salvation Army and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grey Bruce “It is because of the Denis Bester Memorial Shootout that we were able to assist so many families who had never found themselves in a position of ever needing the food bank before with good healthy food to support their family,” Alice Wannan- The Salvation Army 2021 event will see the top angler take home $5,000 plus prizes
Q: How do people find out more info about this event?
A: Majority of our anglers recruit other anglers because of the format of the event and to help
make a difference for our community that we all live in. 100% of the tickets sales will be given
back to the three beneficiaries. Social Media and our Website keeps our anglers and sponsors
updated on any new announcements.
Media: Radio and Newspapers
Brochures- Sponsorship Packages
Social Media: Facebook- Denis Bester Memorial Shootout, Instagram-
Q: What changes have you made due to covid?
A: Our Shootout was revamped for the 2020 event, to allow an angler only weigh three fish over
the duration (9 days) of the event. The angler must choose wisely on the fish he/she would like
to bring to the scales, as their decision could be costly since all weights are hidden.
2021 Event will be hosted at the Georgian Shores Marina under the Columbia Sportswear tent.
Q: How did you initially hear about HAVE1.COM?
A: HAVE1.COM was recommended by many local business owners that have sponsored the Denis
Bester Memorial Shootout.
From start to finish our experience has been positive and professional. The skills and talent that Stacey and Megan have, has left our committee speechless at times. They have met our needs and exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend HAVE1.COM to any business or individual and look forward to continuing our partnership. Thank you.