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Hooks For Heroes Fishing Tournament In Stamford

From left, Sharon Eleazer, first-place winner Katherine Swenson, Paul Chiepetta, Shannon Lyons, and captain Chris Broadbent at the Hooks For Heroes fishing tournament in Stamford.
From left, Sharon Eleazer, first-place winner Katherine Swenson, Paul Chiepetta, Shannon Lyons, and captain Chris Broadbent at the Hooks For Heroes fishing tournament in Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – The fourth annual Hooks for Heroes fishing tournament took place on June 20 in Stamford, as more than 150 participants helped raise $10,000 for wounded military veterans.

The event, put on every year by the Halloween Yacht Club, has raised more than $30,000 for veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Of the participants, 35 were either wounded or disabled veterans who reside in Fairfield County and 10 were active military members.

“The members of the Halloween Yacht Club are very proud of this uplifting event, its positive impact on our veterans and the support of the community and local businesses for donations that aid families of our soldiers at Walter Reed as they recover from traumatic injuries,” said tournament Chairman Pat Buzzeo.

Chris Broadbent's Broad Star boat caught both winning fish in the tournament. Air Force veteran Katherine Swenson caught a 32-pound, 43-inch bass, and a nine-pound bluefish was caught by another participant. A member of the Mianus River Boat & Yacht Club in Cos Cob, Broadbent was participated in every tournament.

To donate, go online to www.hooksforheroes.us or send a check to Halloween Yacht Club, 10 Seaview Ave., Stamford, CT 06902. All checks should be made out to 'Operation Gift Cards.'

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