Captain Lori Deaton, Co-Founder and Director:
Captain Lori Deaton is a resident and business owner in Apollo Beach, Florida. Lori is co-founder and director of Hooked on Hope, Inc. The organization, started in 2009 serving breast cancer patients across all Tampa Bay Communities, is celebrating its tenth year in 2018! As the owner and operator of LadyFish Charters, Lori has been guiding anglers of all skill levels throughout Tampa Bay and its tributaries for over two decades. Over the past several years, Lori noticed an influx of woman of all ages showing interest in fishing. As a result, she started her second business ‘Reel Ladies Fishing, Inc.’ A ‘ladies only’ series of fishing tournaments, workshops, and hands-on teaching clinics giving women anglers the skills to be successful on the water.
Captain Lori reflects upon the sense of the importance of community involvement that contributed to starting this grassroots non-profit organization. Selecting the breast cancer patients of Tampa Bay to raise money for was as easy decision! Captain Lori enlisted the help of her sister Marty Ostien, who worked for Dr. Charles Cox, Medical Director of the University of South Florida Breast Health Program. Dr. Cox, a compassionate, world-renowned breast cancer surgeon, was the natural choice to approach. Dr. Cox graciously accepted the invitation from Hooked on Hope co-founder sisters to serve as the initial benefactor.
Hooked on Hope began with an annual inshore fishing tournament; which quickly earned its standing in Tampa Bay as a premier annual fishing tournament and important fundraiser. The success of this event, enhanced with a Silent Auction and Breast Cancer Pamper Party, solidified its annual return. The success of this event over a period of many years also solidified Hooked on Hope’s standing in the community as successful fundraisers. Subsequently, Hooked on Hope also hosts an annual Golf Tournament; approaching its third annual in 2019.
As the 10th Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament on October 12 & 13, 2018 approaches, Lori proudly stands with a community of volunteers, sponsors, and supporters. Together, the Hooked on Hope family continues the momentum, support, and profound force in which the Tampa Bay Communities have embraced the organization. Captain Lori is proud to lead a committee of tireless volunteers; whose vigorous passion for the breast cancer patients of Tampa Bay make Hooked on Hope possible!
When Lori is not fishing charters or raising money for Hooked on Hope, she loves growing orchids, playing with her dogs, decorating her home, and hunting and fishing with her boyfriend Brooksye Hall.