Our 10th Annual Tournament will be
Thursday, May 29, 2014 — Visit our Photo Album for pictures of last year's event!
This tournament combines a fun day of energetic and enjoyable fishing for everyone involved, and all net proceeds of this event are donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This tournament began in 2005 and has raised over $220,000 to support St. Jude's research and treatment for cancer and other catastrophic childhood illnesses.
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Tournament sponsors are assigned to professionally operated charter boats for a morning of exciting salmon fishing. Each boat holds up to six participants, and sponsors can invite family, friends, employees, customers … or simply support with their donation. The tournament also offers fishing opportunities for young patients currently undergoing treatment, and sponsorship of these boats is available.
The tournament is run by volunteers from Tri-Cities Kiwanis, and food and prizes are donated by West Michigan individuals and businesses.
Boats Depart at 5:45 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. from Chinook Pier, Grand Haven. Refreshments are available before departure. Boats Return at 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and all fish are sent to weigh-in. A hot dog lunch is provided. A short program precedes the awarding of prizes.
Grand prizes are awarded for the largest fish in Sponsor and Child Guest categories. Recent prizes have included family yacht cruises, chartered fishing trips, and even a brand new kayak!
Some facts about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. Teams of doctors come from around the world to study with St. Jude and utilize St. Jude’s protocols in their treatment centers. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children.
If the tournament is canceled due to inclement weather, we will have each set of participants set up a separate day and time to fish with their boat captain.