On September 11, 2001, Brett Bailey was taken from us, but his spirit, passion, and his eternal pursuit of a good time AND BIG FISH – will forever be a part of our lives.

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15th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 3-4, 2016

The 14th ANNUAL BTB MAKO RODEO was held at Hoffman’s Marina West in Brielle, NJ this weekend in honor of Brett T. Bailey, an avid fisherman lost on September 11, 2001. For the fourteenth consecutive year, the Brett T. Bailey Foundation raised money for various local charities including Team Red White and Blue and Wounded Warriors Foundation.

Sixty Six boats participated along with hundreds of other supporters who attended the dinner and on shore activities at Hoffman’s West on Saturday afternoon/evening. The weather was ideal, the conditions were perfect for shark fishing and the Foundation paid out over $38,000 in prize money. The winning Mako was a new tournament record paid out $24,600 and weighed in at 466lbs and was boated by Captain Jared Pollack and the crew of the ‘Fin-Ominal’ out of Belmar. The winning 224lb Thresher was landed by Captain John Marrotta the crew of the ‘Sea-Quester’ from Brielle and the First Mako Calcutta was won by Captain Freddie Gamboa on the ‘Andrea’s Toy’ out of Pt. Pleasant. The fishing was spectacular with hundreds of blue sharks and hundreds of Makos along with some Tiger sharks and brown sharks were released throughout the day.

The Foundation would like to thank the Grafas Family and everyone at Hoffman’s Marina and Waypoint 622 for their efforts, hospitality and support as well as all the people that participated in this weekend’s festivities. The money raised will hopefully make a difference in the lives of many of our veterans who have served our country so admirably. For information on next year’s tournament or how you can help the Brett T. Bailey Foundation, please contact Art DellaSalla at 212.945.8704.

14th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 12-13, 2015

14th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 12-13, 2015

14th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 12-13, 2015

14th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 12-13, 2015

14th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 12-13, 2015

14th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 12-13, 2015

14th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 12-13, 2015

14th Annual Mako Rodeo, June 12-13, 2015

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The Brett T. Bailey Foundation began in 2001 in memory of Brett Bailey, who was lost to us, as a result of the horrific events of September 11th. Out of the ashes of that darkest of days, rose a Foundation, formed by the Family and Friends of its namesake, committed to the support and encouragement of prosperity and freedom.
Currently, the Foundation has dedicated its fund raising efforts primarily toward assisting the families of our volunteer New Jersey National Guard. Who have been selflessly waging the war on terror for the better part of a decade.

In 2007 the Foundation received the Governor’s Award from Gov. Jon Corzine for its outstanding service to New Jersey and the Nation. The Foundation is the largest single private contributor to the men and women of the New Jersey National Guard and their families.

The difference that your contributions make, in preserving peace of mind, for those away from their families, fighting overseas, are immeasurable. The Foundation’s highly successful annual fundraiser is the BTB Mako Rodeo, held every year in the month of June. Last year the Foundation, through the efforts of those who participated in this event, awarded $17,275 in prize money, auctioned off over $10,000 in prizes and raised over $20,500 for charity.  In addition to the NJ National Guard Family Readiness Council, the Foundation has made Donations to : Ladder Company #1 , Doctors Without Borders, Seton Hall Prep, The Hole in the Wall Gang, Lance Armstrong Foundation just to name a few. In Brett’s memory and on behalf of those serving in sacrifice, The Brett T. Bailey Foundation thanks you for your thoughtful contribution.

All contributions are tax deductible as the Foundation is a registered 501c3. Checks should be made out to the Brett T Bailey Foundation @ Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and should reference the Brett T. Bailey Foundation in the memo line and can be sent to:

The Brett T. Bailey Foundation
8 Four Seasons Drive,
North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Email: TheMakoRodeo@gmail.com

Thank you for your commitment to making a difference in Brett’s name.
The Board of Directors


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