Hosted by Brendan Morrison
5th Annual Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby Raises
Additional $55,000 for Community Initiatives
Tofino's Largest Fundraiser's To-date Contributions Exceed $185,000
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada, July 11, 2014 – Former National Hockey League (NHL) player Brendan Morrison today announced that the recent Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby fundraiser event, held for the fifth consecutive year in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, netted a record $55,000 —bringing the total amount raised for local community initiatives since the event's inception to more than $185,000.
This year's Tofino Saltwater Classic beneficiaries are:
• The Wickaninnish Community School WEPAC Healthy Food and Scholastic Programs
• Wickaninnish Community School Society After School Care Program
• Tofino Hospital Foundation
• Tofino Parks and Recreation Commission
• Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society
• West Coast Multiplex Society
• Tofino Legion Youth Night Program
"The generosity of our derby's participants and supporters is truly inspiring," said Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby host, Brendan Morrison. "Tofino is a great place to live, work and fish and I am very pleased to be able to help support such a great community in a meaningful way."
125 anglers participated in the 2014 Tofino Saltwater Classic with the following winners and prizes:
Top Chinook (29.7 pounds): Kary Cuthill - Prize $6,000
2nd Place Chinook (29.1 pounds): Sean Hart - Prize $3,000
3rd Place Chinook (25.3 pounds): Duncan Armitage - Prize $2,000
Top Coho (6.8 pounds): Colin Marshall - Prize $1,500
Top Halibut (hidden weight 12.6 pounds): Matt Thornton - Prize $1,500
Top Chinook Winner Kary Cuthill with Brendan Morrison. Photo: Todd Byrnes
"The Saltwater Classic is by far the largest fundraiser in Tofino and has made a number of important community programs possible," said Tofino Mayor, Josie Osborne. "Mr. Morrison's enthusiasm and the continued support from Tofino Saltwater Classic participants, volunteers and donators is much appreciated."
In addition to participant registration fees, the Tofino Saltwater Classic raised funds at a silent auction and by private donations from Tofino residents and business owners from around the province.
The Tofino Saltwater Classic 2015 will be held on July 4 and 5.
About the Tofino Saltwater Classic www.tofinosaltwaterclassic.com
In its fifth year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby was created by former National Hockey League (NHL) player Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for Tofino community initiatives.
If you were unable to join our derby but would like to contribute to our beneficiaries, please click the 'donate online' button. Your contributions have helped raise more than $185,000 for Tofino community initiatives.
Click here to watch Wickaninnish Community School's "Thank You Mr Morrison" video.
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If you are interested in becoming a 2014 event, silent auction or marketing partner, please contact us:
Lynda Kaye, Kaye Public Relations for the Tofino Saltwater Classic