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Barta Fund

$4,570 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 14 months

Hello Everyone,

I'm Captain Tred Barta, I am safe and sound in Islamorada and although I’ve taken some good losses, I am okay. However, Islamorada and areas close to it, are not okay due to Hurricane Irma.

As I have discussed many times, this is “Fish Town, USA” and most people who fish around the world come to Islamorada to enjoy the great captains, the great mates, the great flats, reef, off shore fishing, the beautiful crystal-clear water, the great snorkeling, scuba diving and water sports. Islamorada is certainly part of the fabric of a grand sporting life.

Most of the fishing guides and off shore captains are not wealthy people. They have not chosen their profession to get wealthy, they have chosen their profession to see your sons and daughters catch their first fish, it is their love of the water and it is their choice to be able to share it with you, the client. Most of them in general cannot take a financial hit like Irma has dished out. Many of their homes have been destroyed. Many of their boats have been damaged in the hurricane, many of them have newborn children and kids in school. There is no harder job than that of a charter captain or a charter mate and the truth is, without this group, The Keys will never be the same again and to be quite honest, The Keys are not even worth coming to without these charter captains. There are many captains and mates who are right on the ragged edge of leaving The Keys and not returning and it is often just a small helping hand that can make the difference in their survival.

So, it is with great pride, that I introduce the Barta Fund.  100% of this money will go to captains and mates in dire need who will continue to stay in Islamorada doing their beloved trade. 

The young charter captain with 2 kids, who has been in Islamorada for 5 years, who has a good charter base but lost his electronics in Irma and needs the money to replace them so he can take charters and perhaps one or two months’ rent so he can get back on his feet again would be the stereotype I want the Barta Fund to help. Perhaps one of our great old salts (my age) whose boat was not covered by insurance, has solid charter bookings for the year but needs his 50-foot old wood boat repaired or has to shut down, that would be a great recipient of the Barta Fund. Anyone who is a captain or mate in the fishing business who needs a helping hand, that would make the difference of him either making it or not making it, I want to help those who need help the most.

I am asking every single person on my Facebook to give something, give big, give small, by check, by cash, by wire transfer, it makes no difference. If you see me anywhere and you want to say hello, let me tell you one thing before the conversation is over, I am going to ask you for money.

There are a lot of people who like me and there are a lot of people who don’t, I have always tried to do my best and specially for other people. I know in my heart the Barta Fund can make a difference, I am asking and I am begging for your help. This is for the best of causes. No one will ever waste one dime of Barta Fund money. None of the people on the Barta Fund board will ever take or will be due a single dime.

In general, the charter boat community in Islamorada has been very kind to me since I now call this my home. The devastation down here is beyond belief. Many hotels will re-open shortly and many of the docks where these charter captains keep their boats have been destroyed. Do not think for one moment that the charter business in Islamorada is dead, 90% of the reef and flat boats have their rigs on trailers and although they may be disjointed in where they are living, they need your charters now to get by. So, I say to each one of you, call to book an Islamorada charter and book a trip. If you can’t come now, book it for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Please I beg you, please, book a Keys fishing trip. These guys will not take your money but they can sure use some cash flow in the worst way. Matter of fact, by booking a trip and sending a deposit even if the trip is in the future, it can help these guys, BIG TIME. The Florida Keys have proven to be one the best places to catch a swordfish, I and many others have proven that. If you’ve got a swordfish on your bucket list, please book a trip now.

Yesterday in church, I held in my arms the wife of a 35-year-old charter captain. They have 2 small children in school, have been living in Islamorada for 4 years, they just paid off their back-country Pathfinder, their outboard engine went under water and was ruined during Irma. Although I am paralyzed from my chest down, I could feel her tears on my neck as I hugged her. She said to me, “what am I going to do? we just paid the boat and the engine off, we don’t have the money.” It is my hope that the Barta Fund will dry those tears. I cannot do this by myself but I could not have raised the money I have for charities in my tournaments alone either. Please support me.

My idea is very simple, we give the money away to those who need it most. Islamorada and the local areas is your town too. It’s some of the greatest fishing in the world. I humble myself before you and ask for your support. 

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Thank you everyone for the great start of the Barta Fund!

There are some who may not think that what we have done is a miracle but it is.

Our captains’ board has been filled by Captain Paul Minning, Captain Matt Bellinger, Captain Tred Barta and Captain Billy Chapman. Anyone who knows the Florida Keys, knows these guys. They are the best. Our attorney has been picked and we appreciate him very much, his name is Mr. Nick Mulick, Esq. Our first business man has been picked, Mr. Pasta Pantaleo, he is a world class artist.

Progress is being made. Right now, the 401c3 is in the works, we have 17 donations and have raised $1,385 which will help a captain or mate and that’s in one day. With over 12,000 people on my Facebook, can you imagine if everyone stepped up over the weekend?

I have always said, if you are afraid to lose, you will never win. So, I am asking all of you, step up this weekend and please give. Let’s see what next Monday’s miracle will brings us.

You know the names of the heroes who have donated so far, you can see it on the GoFundMe page.
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$4,570 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 14 months
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MP
$75
Mardiece Patrick
4 months ago
$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
SR
$10
Stephen Rankin
8 months ago
BR
$50
Brian Rogers
11 months ago
MD
$100
Mark Durfee
12 months ago
FK
$100
fred klauk
13 months ago
DH
$100
Don Hunt
14 months ago
EH
$500
Ed Higgins
14 months ago
BC
$100
Bill & Shannon Chapman
14 months ago
TM
$1,000
Thomas Malone
14 months ago
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