An Unforgettable Experience
For 30 years blind and visually impaired Lowcountry residents have looked with eager anticipation to a special experience: the Santee Blind Fishing Event. Now managed by LVS, this memorable weekend is an all-inclusive over-night trip to Lake Marion including hotel accommodations, transportation, 3 meals, fishing supplies, and lake access by shore or boat for registered attendees who are blind or visually impaired and their caregivers.
For participants the Santee Blind Fishing Event is more than a weekend on the lake, it is an exciting change to a sometimes mundane routine and a chance to meet new people or reconnect with friends.
This event is the result of our shared commitment to improving vision health for all South Carolinians and to creating a healthier world where the blind and visually impaired know no limits.
The event’s 30th anniversary took place on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd. Safety precautions are in place to accommodate public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as detailed in the Client Application Form.
2022 Event Recap
The 30th Santee Blind Fishing Event last weekend was a tremendous success! Nearly 50 blind and visually impaired people from across the Lowcountry came together and enjoyed a weekend on Lake Marion for the 30th anniversary of this Fishing Tournament.
Busses picked up clients from Charleston and Ladson, bringing guests to the Hampton and Fairfield Inn in Santee. Friday night dinner was held at the Santee Cooper Country Club. On Saturday participants traveled to Lake Vue Landing where more than a dozen boats carried guests to fish in Potato Creek. Some guests opted to stay on the docks at Lake Vue Landing and fish from shore.
Chris and Stacey Coker of Lake Vue Landing catered two wonderful meals for guests and sponsored a $25 cash prize for each of the award recipients. The following awards were given:
Most Number of Catches: Terry Sumter (2 shellcrackers, 2 Bluegills, and 3 Redfin Pickerels)
Most Unique Catch: Christian and Glenda Ladson (Yellow Perch)
Biggest Catch 2nd Place: Theresa Chiarito (14″ catfish)
Biggest Catch 1st Place: Lucas Cain (18″ catfish)
VIP Fisher of the Year: Rita Williams
As the overall winner of the Tournament, Lucas Cain is the recipient of a sponsorship from LVS to attend the North Carolina Lions VIP Fishing Tournament in the fall along the Outer Banks.
Costs for this year’s event totaled $25,054.83, and are projected to rise to nearly $33,000 in 2023. Your philanthropic support can help defray the costs of next year’s Tournament. Give online or text “blindfishing” to 44321. It costs roughly $250 to sponsor one blind or visually impaired person’s expenses for the weekend.
The tentative dates for the 2023 Santee Blind Fishing Event are April 21-22, 2023.