Blessing of the Fleet event to raise money for Second Chance of Northwest Florida

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Despite some rough seas, Second Chance of Northwest Florida hosted the 22nd annual Blessing of the Fleet Saturday.

The event honors those who have died at sea while also raising awareness about the nonprofit.

Sherl Morden, President of Second Chance of Northwest Florida, said, "We're a support group for people with, for adults who have brain injuries and other brain disorders."

Everyone in attendance could enjoy fried fish and music to raise money for the organization.

"We don't get any government monies, we raise everything, we ask for $50 a month from our members, if they can't pay it it's okay because we're going to have a fish fry or we're going to have something to raise money," said Morden.

Second Chance members and their families were there to talk about what the organization has done for them.

Shamika Curry, member of Second Chance of Northwest Florida, said, "Second Chance means giving a hope to others who have a TBI just like I am or a stroke."

Melinda Luther, the wife of Gary Luther, a member of Second Chance of Northwest Florida, said, "Being involved in Second Chance has really given us a good second chance, they're not patients, they're not clients, they're members, it's a club."

"It don't get no better than Second Chance," said Gary Luther.