It's a yearly tradition in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship in Orange Beach
when the event is sold out with 60 participating teams, everyone else goes onto an alternate list. But for those who really want a shot at the title, there's another way.
The 61st entry is set aside as a VIP position known as the St. Jude Position
, with special recognition throughout the tournament and even a prime boat slip included at The Wharf Marina for the week.
Participants were required to submit sealed bids (minimum bid $10,000) and highest bidder would be awarded the VIP St. Jude Position. The proceeds from this entry go directly toward funding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
®, which is dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The advances made at St. Jude are helping to save children everywhere.
After all the sealed bids are opened, what becomes most apparent is the generosity of every team that submits a bid. "The 61st position is so much more than just being awarded a spot in the sold-out tournament," said Scott Burt of the Blue Marlin Grand Championship.
"Every person who has ever learned what St. Jude Children's Research Hospital does, every single day for children, immediately becomes engaged." He continued, "That engagement may be financial, or emotional or just having their spirits lifted by knowing what those amazing doctors are doing for those precious children. That is why we partner with St. Jude, and that is also the same reason that the spirit of giving among our tournament participants is at a very high level."