Why A Foundation
On April 6, 2012, the fishing community lost a great angler, icon, and friend, Jose Wejebe, host of the immensely popular saltwater fishing and fly fishing television show, Spanish Fly. Through his show and his adventures, Jose shared his passion for fishing and a lifestyle that touched and inspired anglers around the world. At the same time, Jose encouraged conservation, leading his viewers by example to take better care of the environment they so enjoy.
Jose Wejebe never forgot his humble beginnings or those others that helped him find success. Throughout his life and career, Jose unselfishly donated his time, money and equipment to support countless charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Marc House, Wounded Warriors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and many others. The charitable work seen on his television series, “Spanish Fly”, documented only a small portion of his generosity. Behind the scenes, he quietly assisted with many more charities throughout the world. He did so out of compassion and kindness, and was humbled by those who expressed their appreciation.
In order to continue Jose’s passion for the marine environment, and dedication to support those who face life-impacting challenges, The Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation was founded in April 2012. The Foundation will honor Jose’s legacy by continuing his charitable efforts.
Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization under the tax-exempt code, and headquartered in the Florida Keys. The mission of the Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation is to honor Jose’s legacy by matching his passion for conservation, education, and making fishing dreams come true.
“The Spanish Fly spirit lives in all of us.”
Examples of Jose’s Past Charitable Work
- Jonathan Nitsch : Make A Wish
- Michael Mummert : : Make A Wish
- Christian Goodpastor : : Make A Wish
- Reel Life Adventures : Dominican Republic
The Foundation works with multiple organizations to refer individuals that can benefit from a day on the water. Those include Make A Wish, the Outdoor Dream Foundation, the VA Hospital of Miami, and Wesley House.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma and the crisis that our oceans are facing we are continuing our debris removal efforts.
We are excited to announce that we are now taking applications directly. We are focused on providing a trip that will not only boast moral, and make memories, but educate the individuals with the same passion for conservation that Jose had.
We have brought over 190 individuals on the water and removed over 300000 lbs from Hurricane Irma. With your support we have been able to make a difference!