Nation’s largest charitable sportfishing tournament supporting veterans, War Heroes on Water, returns for fifth and largest event to date
, 2022-07-19 14:39:00,
Establishes supportive safety net for participants that extends well beyond tournament dates
$1.7 million fundraising goal will bring total raised to $5 million since tournament inception for 501c3 Freedom Alliance
Country music star Tyler Rich to perform acoustic set for participants
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — War Heroes on Water (WHOW), the transformative sportfishing tournament that helps combat-wounded veterans recover from the physical and emotional wounds of war, returns for its fifth and largest tournament to date. Taking place September 23-27, 2022, the event will directly serve 125 heroes aboard 50 sportfishing yachts from Southern California and beyond. Organizers seek to raise a record $1.7 million, contributing to a landmark $5 million raised over the life of the tournament for its 501c3 partner Freedom Alliance.
“As a proud American, it is my greatest honor to demonstrate our gratitude for the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country,” said WHOW Tournament Founder and loanDepot Founder and Executive Chairman Anthony Hsieh. “When I envisioned this tournament, my goal was to introduce the healing aspect of the open ocean to a group of veterans. What the tournament has grown to become—a community dedicated to providing care and support to veterans year-round—is beyond my wildest dreams, and I am humbled by the commitment and dedication of my fellow anglers and local community members who are making all of this possible.”
At the heart of the WHOW tournament are dozens of participants and volunteers, including the owners, captains and crews of the WHOW fleet, who, collectively, represent a monetary donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars—as well as hundreds of hours—to host the veterans for the three-day on-water component of the tournament. These patriots graciously welcome their veteran guests so that they can experience the healing power that comes with being on the open ocean, enable them to form deep and genuine bonds with their fellow team members and establish a long-term support system that extends well beyond the tournament itself.
The tournament also celebrates the lives of fellow veterans through two special awards—the Ron Ashimine Award, created in memoriam of the Vietnam veteran and lifelong friend of Tournament Founder Anthony Hsieh, and the Josh Miles…
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