FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 28, 2014) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County has been named the recipient of proceeds from the 2014 Backwater Tournament Series.

The Backwater Tournament Series is a collection of seven separate catch-and-release fishing tournaments held in Southwest Florida from March through October 2014. The mission of the tournament is to provide a series that ensures the highest quality of excellence in representing the Southwest Florida community and supporting local anglers.

Started in September 2008, the tournament offers the best payouts while giving back to local kids. Ten percent of this year’s tournament proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County. For tournament dates and information, visit

“At the heart of our organization, is the desire of our community to positively influence the lives of our local youth,” said Shannon Lane, chief professional officer of the BGCLC. “We are more than just a ‘hangout,’ and donors, like the Backwater Tournament Series, are instrumental in helping us deliver the life-changing programs we offer to the hundreds of local kids our Clubs serve every day.”

Celebrating 40 years of providing quality youth programs and brighter futures for young people in the Lee County community, the Boys & Girls Clubs works to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The BGCLC strives to provide a safe, world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through its doors. The organization envisions all of its members graduating high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle.

The area’s five Clubs are located in communities with the greatest need where similar services are limited or nonexistent. Membership dues are $10 per school year so that all children can have access to its programs. The BGCLC relies upon the philanthropic support of individuals, corporations and foundations in order to sustain and grow its services.

For more information about the BGCLC, contact Shannon Lane at 239-334-1886 or