2013 TIFT Hostess Alexandra Rowe
Twenty year old Alexandra (Alee) Rowe of Harlingen has been named the official 2013 Texas International Fishing Tournament Hostess.
The daughter of Dr. James Rowe of Harlingen and Carrie Rowe of Harlingen, Alee is currently a junior at Texas Tech University and is enrolled in the Pre-Law program. She is part of the Chi Omega Society, the Texas Pre-Law Association, and served as Chairman of the Chi Omega Make a Wish Wednesdays. She was also a TIFT scholarship recipient in 2011 and will receive a $2,000 scholarship this year for her service as hostess.
Alee has been involved with TIFT most of her life and says her early memories date back to her Snoopy fishing pole and Playday activities at Charlie’s. A third generation angler, Alee says her mother, Carrie, a 12 year Advisory Board member who now serves on the Executive Board, instilled in her qualities that Carrie’s father, the late Wayne D. Grayson—a past TIFT President—taught her. “It’s not about winning the tournament or a medal,” Alee says. “It’s about enjoying my family, making new friends, being involved and creating memories while enjoying the scenery of gorgeous South Padre Island and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”
When Alee, talks about “family”, she means more than just her real family. “I am referring to the family that TIFT and its members have given me through the years,” she said. “I have grown up with the kids my age in the tournament and every year we look forward to seeing each other that first week in August.” Whether she’s unloading trophies at the Convention Centre, helping with Playday, registration or the dock crew, Alee says it’s natural to bond with everyone around you. One of her newest TIFT traditions is making bandanas to wear for the week with her girlfriends. From sliding to the finish line at the obstacle course during Playday to sunburns earned working the weigh dock, Alee has enjoyed her graduation from junior angler to becoming one of the “big kids”. Throughout the years she always kept her eyes on the TIFT hostesses and dreamed of one day being chosen herself.
“Being TIFT Hostess has been one of my most aspired dreams since being that little girl on the obstacle course slide,” she remembers. “Representing TIFT by meeting the families, mingling with the little ones and taking those precious Kodak moments during weigh in has been something I’ve wished for since I was that little angler proudly showing the hostess my medal or holding up my catch for the photos. As TIFT Hostess, I promise to make the TIFT organization and its members proud. I’d also like to express my infinite gratitude to the TIFT members who came before me for establishing such lifelong memories, learning opportunities and more than 14 years of summer fun that I will cherish in my heart forever.”
Alee will be on hand throughout the five days at tournament activities to meet and greet participants.