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The Emeril Lagasse Foun­da­tion raised $650,000 for non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions dur­ing its inaugural Line, Vine & Dine fish­ing tour­na­ment Fe­bru­ary 9-11 in Fort Laud­erdale. Pro­ceeds will sup­port the ARC Broward Culi­nary In­sti­tute and Dan Marino Foun­da­tion, both work­ing to im­prove the lives of peo­ple with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders and other life chal­lenges.

“My wife, Alden, and I are thrilled with the suc­cess of our first char­ity fish­ing tour­na­ment,” Lagasse said. “We are so ap­pre­cia­tive of the amaz­ing sup­port from our gen­er­ous donors, spon­sors, chefs and the Fort Laud­erdale com­mu­nity that made this week­end pos­si­ble.”

Yachts in­ter­na­tional was a me­dia part­ner for the tour­na­ment week­end, which kicked off Thurs­day with Cham­pagne & Ce­viche, a cap­tain’s re­cep­tion catered by G.H. Mumm and Monty’s Seafood, and spon­sored by HMY Yachts and Vik­ing Yachts. On Fri­day, the two­day sail­fish tour­na­ment be­gan, with 113 sail­fish caught by 17 teams. Guests who were not fish­ing at­tended a fashion show and lun­cheon pre­sented by Neiman Mar­cus Fort Laud­erdale. Fri­day evening in­cluded Tacos & Ter­roir, a dock­side weigh-in cel­e­bra­tion spon­sored by Jimmy John’s. The evening con­tin­ued with cui­sine by celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez and en­ter­tain­ment by Grammy-nom­i­nated artists Lo­cos Por Juana.

The sold-out week­end ended Satur­day evening

with a Vine & Dine Seafood Cook-Off spon­sored by the Moss Foun­da­tion. Lagasse, along with chefs Clay Con­ley, An­gelo Elia, Cindy Hut­son, Sean Brasel and Greg McGowan, pre­pared seafood dishes paired with wine from Napa and Sonoma coun­ties in Cal­i­for­nia. Tour­na­ment awards, a si­lent and live auc­tion, and an in­ti­mate per­for­mance by Sammy Hagar and sur­prise guest Kenny Ch­es­ney high­lighted the evening.

“Line, Vine & Dine is as much a world-class sport­ing event as it is a culi­nary event, and we are very pleased with its suc­cess in our inaugural year,” said Brian Kish, pres­i­dent of the Emeril Lagasse Foun­da­tion. “We are proud to be able to give back to the de­serv­ing causes that make such an im­pact in the com­mu­nity.”

Emeril Lagasse above: Sammy Hagar (right) and sur­prise guest Kenny Ch­es­ney give an in­ti­mate per­for­mance at the Vine & Dine Seafood Cook-Off.

Clock­wise from above: Celebrity chefs John Besh and Aarón Sánchez and an Art In­sti­tute culi­nary stu­dent team up for Tacos Ter­rior; Beau­ti­ful king­fish landed by Team Salty Sea­Men; Win­ning fish­ing team III Ami­gos. be­low: Neiman Mar­cus fashion show and lunch

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