Hosted by Brendan Morrison
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6th Annual Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby Surpasses $250,000 Total Funds Raised
Former NHL Player Brendan Morrison's Event Breaks Fundraising Record
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada, July 6, 2015 – Brendan Morrison, formerly of the National Hockey League, today announced that the Tofino Saltwater Classic fundraiser fishing derby held July 4-5 in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, broke the event's yearly record by raising more than $70,000. The total amount raised since the event's inception is now more than $250,000.
125 anglers participated in the 2015 Tofino Saltwater Classic with the following winners and prizes:
Top Chinook (35.6 pounds): Levi Stoddard - Prize $6,000
2nd Place Chinook (26.9 pounds): Robert Mitchell - Prize $2,500
3rd Place Chinook (25.4 pounds): Josh Niedermayer - Prize $1,500
Top Coho (7.1 pounds): Brandon Annis - Prize $1,500
Hidden Weight Halibut (36.2 pounds): Paul Bakker - Prize $1,500
Brendan Morrison and Top Chinook Winner Levi Stoddard - Photo: Todd Byrnes
Levi Sotddard and the Winning 35.6 pound Chinook
All proceeds from the derby support various Tofino community initiatives including Wickaninnish School Parent Advisory Council's Healthy Lunch and Literacy Programs, the Tofino Salmon Enhancement Society, Tofino General Hospital Foundation, Tofino Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Tofino Legion Youth Night Program.
"We are really excited to have exceeded the quarter million dollar fundraising mark, " said Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby host, Brendan Morrison. "Fishing, especially in a beautiful location like Tofino, is a great way to bring people together to have fun and raise money for good causes. I am very pleased that this derby continues to succeed and impact such a great community so positively."
"On behalf of the District of Tofino, I'd like to extend our sincere thanks to Mr. Morrison and his family, the Tofino Saltwater Classic volunteer event team, and all the participants in this year's hugely successful derby," said Tofino Mayor, Josie Osborne. "By far the largest fundraiser in Tofino, the Tofino Saltwater Classis makes an increasing number of important community programs possible."
In addition to participant registration fees, the Tofino Saltwater Classic raises funds via the event's silent auction and by private donations from Tofino residents and business owners from around the province and across North America.
About the Tofino Saltwater Classic www.tofinosaltwaterclassic.com
In its sixth year, the Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby was created by former National Hockey League (NHL) player Brendan Morrison as a community fundraiser. All proceeds, excluding prizes, benefit Tofino community initiatives. Dates for next year's event will be announced shortly.
Lynda Kaye, Kaye Public Relations for the Tofino Saltwater Classic
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