Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. will welcome anglers and military veterans to a pair of Pennsylvania’s nationally-renowned trout streams on September 12 for the inaugural Wildlife For Warriors Spruce Creek Classic.
The event recognizes and celebrates the contributions of military personnel to protect valuable freedoms, such as enjoying Pennsylvania’s outdoor treasures.
Pairs of anglers will fish different locations near host HomeWaters in Spruce Creek, Huntingdon County, on Spruce Creek and the Little Juniata River throughout the day on September 12.
Prizes will be awarded to the day’s most successful teams and to those who catch the single largest brown and rainbow trout.
Fly fishing will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude around 5:00 p.m. A race of plastic frogs through a short stretch of water on the property precedes a post-tournament pig roast and ceremony.
Currently, 13 veterans are scheduled to participate in the tournament, free-of-charge, thanks to generous sponsorships and donations. Monetary support covers lodging, meals and event registration costs.
The veterans are a part of Project Healing Waters program throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania.
A nationwide organization, Project Healing Waters uses fly fishing as a rehabilitative and therapeutic outlet for wounded veterans and active military personnel. Wildlife For Everyone benefits all of Pennsylvania’s 480 species of wildlife and their habitats.
“Without the brave sacrifices of our military personnel, we would not be able to enjoy many freedoms, including the ability to hunt and fish,” said Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation Executive Director Vern Ross. “We take great pride in our military as well as Pennsylvania’s outdoors heritage. This event recognizes both and is a great opportunity for two outstanding organizations to work together.”
Sponsors and veterans are also scheduled to participate in fly fishing on September 11, at HomeWaters. An exclusive dinner for sponsors and veterans Sunday night will feature a presentation from Jay Stauffer on fishes of Pennsylvania. Charles “Sarge” Speakman will address attendees at September 12 post-tournament ceremony.
“We also want to thank Project Healing Waters for its partnership,” Ross added. “We are humbled to work with such a tremendous organization.”
Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation was established to provide permanent private support for wildlife habitat enhancement, wildlife research and education, land preservation and for the establishment of a Wildlife Education and Research Center.
The Foundation celebrates the rich heritage of Pennsylvania wildlife, habitat, sportsmen and sportswomen.To date, Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation has raised and provided over two million dollars on habitat improvements and educational programs throughout Pennsylvania.