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ANGLERS DONATE TOURNAMENT WINNINGS

Sept. 18, 2002 – St. Croix businessmen and avid anglers, Robin Parsley and Rocky Romano, whose Rock-N-Robin won Second Best Boat in the 30th Annual USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament, have donated their $10,000 winnings to local organizations.
The winnings will be divided equally among five organizations: the Virgin Islands Police Department, SAL – Solution Alternative Liberation, the St. Croix Community Foundation, Women's Coalition of St. Croix, and the University of the Virgin Islands.
Deborah Hamilton, UVI's director of annual giving, applauded Parsley and Romano's generosity.
"Through their philanthropic investment in the University of the Virgin Islands and its students, Mr. Parsley, Mr. Romano and their colleagues, families and friends are setting a leadership example for other businesses and individuals to follow," Hamilton said.
"They are making a personal and economic commitment to their new home here in the USVI. We welcome them and are deeply grateful for their generosity."
St. Croix Associate Chancellor Juanita Woods accepted the check on behalf of the university Monday night at a ceremony at the Tamarind Reef Hotel. The donation will go into the UVI Annual Fund for use in special projects on the St. Croix campus.
Parsley and Romano moved to St. Croix about a year ago from Texas. They brought their 60-foot Hatteras, Rock-N-Robin, to the islands in December 2001 and have competed in local tournaments with St. Croix's Golden Hook Fishing Club.
On the last day of the USVI Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin, also known as the "Boy Scout Tournament," Rock-N-Robin captain Jason Pruns said: "We've fished in tournaments in the Gulf before, but the marlin bite here is pretty spectacular." Parsley and Romano released eight blue marlin to win Second Best Boat.
In October, Rock-N-Robin will compete in the Golden Hook Fishing Club's premier angling event, the Golden Hook Challenge. If their luck holds, the anglers plan to make another donation to different local organizations by year's end.

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