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Generous support for Hooked on Heroes fundraiser

Volunteers from Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, Suwannee County Fire Rescue and others plate up more than 450 chicken and rice dinners, last Friday, raising money to help take veterans fishing. -SCSO Courtesy Photo

By Tami Stevenson


With the lack of social activity lately, due to COVID-19, as Florida begins to reopen, some event organizers are cautiously thinking of ways to proceed. Local businesses were eager to take part in the Hooked On Heroes fundraiser last week. Volunteers sold more than 450 chicken and rice dinners at the Elk’s Lodge in Live Oak, according to Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John.

Most of the sales were pre-orders.

“One of the secretaries at the jail, having done this numerous times, volunteers to call businesses in town ahead of time,” said St. John. Volunteers also delivered the dinners to businesses, so there were no long lines of people waiting for their orders.

The money is used to take veterans fishing through the Hooked On Heroes non-profit organization directed by Ron Cadle, along with his wife, Carolyn. They provide a light breakfast and lunch to the veterans. They also give the captains that donate their time and their boats some gas on the day of the outing, normally held at the Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee.

“So this all goes towards taking veterans fishing.” St. John added. “We had a fabulous turnout, the businesses here in Suwannee County are very generous, especially when it comes to benefits like this.”

He wanted to especially thank the volunteers. There were a number of volunteers from the Sheriff’s Office that assisted, along with volunteers from Suwannee County Fire Rescue and Hooked On Heroes. “Without all of their help, this would not have been possible. And everyone did a great job,” said St. John.


Hooked On Heroes Fundraiser - Some volunteers stopping long enough for a photo. -SVT Photo