Today Josh with this awesome video from Fly Rod Chronicles!
Mending Waters Montana, like many other not-for-profit organizations, depend upon donations and fundraising programs for operating capital.
One of our most productive efforts is our annual raffle. The winners were drawn on August 31, 2013. In the event you are not familiar with our raffles, each year we have offered over $6,500 in fly fishing gear and related items.
This fundraising effort entails more than printing posters and tickets. It takes work from many people behind the scenes. The donated radio advertisements, the area merchants who assist us in selling tickets and of course board members who work to make this a successful venture. None of this would be possible without the supporters of Mending Waters Montana — the volunteers and the people who purchase the tickets.
The board of directors of Mending Waters Montana extend a sincere thank you to the individuals and businesses who have helped in this important fundraising project.
The prizes and winners are:
Grand Prize ($3,500 value) — Mark LeGrand, Wolf Creek
2nd Place Prize ($1,200 value) — Jerry Ritter, Bozeman
3rd Place Prize ($900 value) — Doreen Filson, Helena
4th Place Prize ($700 value) — Steve McKinzi, Helena
5th Place Prize: ($300) — Bob Long, Clarkston, WA
6th Place Prize ($200) — Ray Dawes, Helena
As a very generous gesture it should be noted that both Mark LeGrand and Doreen Filson made contributions back to Mending Waters Montana.
The bottom line is that the Board of Directors, and the men and women we serve wish to thank you for supporting our raffle. Remember when you purchase a ticket everyone wins.
A terrific short story. A feel good one at that. Thanks to all the people in this story. All of them, truly great folks. We need more of this activity and behavior from folks. Give. It’s good.
John and Phil visited Headhunters here on the Missouri this last week. A true treat for us to get to know these two individuals.
Project Healing Waters Erie PA Missouri River Excursion Here is how this whole deal got started. Yeti Coolers, Simms, Headhunters Fly Shop, and Craig Trout Camp put together a month long Facebook Photo Contest last year. Submit your ‘Best Fish Picture’ for a chance to win A Yeti Cooler, a boatload of SImms gear including the world’s best American Made waders etc, a couple nights @ Craig Trout Camp and a guided trip from Headhunters Fly Shop on the Missouri River. A ton of submissions were filed through and voted on…Kevin Hospodar of Hatches Magazine was the winner.
Project Healing Waters John with a nice Rainbow!
Thanks to Kevin Hospodar who set the wheels rolling on this trip and created something quite special. Really quite amazing. You see, Kevin already had waders, a cooler, and wanted to pay it forward, so to speak. So Kevin parlayed his winnings into dollars on Ebay having decided to use those dollars towards a donation to the Erie PA Chapter of PHW.PHW Rules! Nice Brown Trout!
Project Healing Waters John with a beautiful lower canyon Brown!
Then Kevin contacted us at Headhunters to see if we could help in any way to make this a bigger trip, for the soldiers in Erie PA. We gladly fell quickly into step. Carroll & Margaret Jenkins discounted the lodging, Carroll a PHW Montana Board Member as well, and the grand plan started to take shape. Project Healing Waters Phil.
Another Brown Trout…
Kevin Hospodar and Skip Hughes of the Erie PA Chapter of Project Healing Waters masterminded the rest of the plan and this trip was born. They should’ve named Montana, ‘Awesome.’ A great quite from John during the week
Check out the Erie PA PHW Facebook page for more on this fantastic trip! Project Healing Waters
Cool dry fly fishing from the boys Erie PA
Thanks a ton to all who participated including our most gracious guests Phil and John. We had a ball and the entire community met and loves these fellas. They seemed to get around this tiny fishing ‘burb of 44 residents with ease meeting friends at every non-paved dirt corner. Project Healing Waters John likes Brown Trout Phil had not trout fished in quite some time. So, he was fresh while John is an avid trout angler. These two meshed perfectly. Throughout the 4 days fishing we had some really fantastic fishing. The Missouri River can produce. No kidding. John caught several fish on the dry fly and they both murdered them on the nymph. Then, after only 4 days of fly fishing…Phil cast, hooked, and landed his 1st fish on a dry fly with Headhunters Guide Peter Skidmore. A testament to Phil’s attention, fortitude, and learning ability. Just awesome. We’ll miss you guys. Come see us again fella’s. Rest easy knowing the Missouri River will always have your back. We do too. “This will put a smile on my face for a long time”… Phil’s quote of the week
Longest day of the year has passed. You need to get out on the river and enjoy!
Let us know if we can assist in any manner. Call the board for an appointment with Jim Murray for some guided fishing love!
The PHW Rental Boats at Headhunters are there for your use as well. Call them today for help and information on these great Vets Boats! 406/235-3447
Get out and go fishing. Or, get out and hang out.
Just get out and enjoy the summer outside in our fabulous state of Montana!
Kids love to skip rocks, dig in the mud, swim, sun…and be with you, their folks.
Do it. The summer will pass you by.
Formerly Montana Project Healing Waters.