War Heroes on Water Announces Dates for Fifth Annual Sport Fishing Tournament


Nation’s Largest Non-Profit Sport Fishing Tournament Helps Battle-Wounded Veterans Heal From The Physical, Emotional And Moral Wounds Of Battle

– The dates of the 2022 tournament will be from September 23 to 27

– The tournament, which collected more than $ 3.3 million since its creation, has set itself the goal of increasing $ 1.7M in 2022

– Funds raised welcomed hundreds of veterans for a SoCal-style sport fishing weekend and support thousands more with ongoing services

– “WHO is family,” said Anthony Hsieh, tournament founder and CEO of LoanDepot. “We created this tournament to show our love for our nation’s greatest heroes, and we will continue to do so for as long as our community of wounded veterans needs our support.”

NEWPORT BEACH, California, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Fresh off the epic success of its 2021 tournament, which hosted nearly 100 veterans and featured 38 of the southern california best sport fishing yachts, the War Heroes on Water tournament team today announced its 2022 dates, with the historic tournament to be held September 23 – 27 off the waters of Santa Catalina Island.

The WHOW 2021 Sport Fishing Tournament will be held October 1-5 off the waters of Catalina Island. Conceptualized in 2018 by Anthony Hsieh, CEO of LoanDepot and leader of Team Bad Company, this event has grown from welcoming 27 veterans initially and raising just over $ 200,000 to committing to serve over 100 veterans and raising $ 1 million in 2021. This planned growth will make WHOW one of the largest therapeutic programs of its kind on water for combat wounded veterans in the country. (PRNewsfoto / War Heroes on Water)

“I am deeply grateful to have announced the dates of our fifth annual tournament,” said the founder of WHOW and the founder and CEO of LoanDepot. Anthony Hsieh. “What started as an idea to take a bunch of veterans fishing has grown into an event of great significance to our veterans community. And best of all, it’s more than a tournament. , WHO has grown into a great loving family. “

The fifth annual event will be the largest yet, with around 125 battle-injured veterans housed in a fleet of 50 local sport fishing yachts. To achieve this growth, the tournament plans to increase $ 1.7M, which will support the event as well as the services provided throughout the year by its philanthropic partner, Freedom Alliance.

“The challenges faced by many of our country’s heroes upon returning to civilian life are real and the suicide rates are unacceptably high,” Hsieh added. “The WHOW Tournament is making a difference by forging meaningful human bonds – between the Veterans themselves, with our Fleet Captains and Crews, and the entire WHOW family – who replicate the brotherhood and brotherhood of the battlefield and serve as a net. security of lasting love and our support. Our corporate sponsors and private donors recognize this need, which gives me great confidence that this tournament, and the much-needed support and services it offers, will continue to exist. gain momentum in the future.

“Our partnership with WHOW continues to deepen year after year,” said the president of the Freedom Alliance. Tom kilgannon. “We are honored to support the goals of WHOW and touched by the work they have accomplished in such a short space of time. The heart of WHOW for our community of wounded veterans can be seen and felt throughout the year , but especially during this tournament. “

The tournament, created in 2018 by Hsieh, has seen significant growth over its short history, from initially hosting 27 veterans and raising more than $ 300,000 in 2018 to welcome nearly 100 veterans and raise more than $ 1 million in 2021. Additionally, the tournament added marquee events, such as the July 2021 WHOW party at LoanDepot Park, which allowed players and fans to join in honoring the community of wounded veterans. Similar iconic events are being planned ahead of the 2022 tournament.

“WHOW is all about supporting our military veterans who bravely volunteered and sacrificed so much to protect our great nation,” added the WHOW Tournament Director. Rod Halperin. “This is a very unique sport fishing tournament in that it is not just about the number of good catches or the number of participating boats. It is about all the significant connections made between our veterans and the crews and captains of the fleet. That’s what makes this tournament one of a kind. other in the world. “

The WHOW family enthusiastically agrees, with the tournament receiving the support and participation year after year from many elite sport fishing teams and west coast yacht owners, making the talent pool of the unprecedented tournament. Additionally, an array of corporate and individual sponsors have joined the family, pledging funds, services and supplies for the upcoming event.

To make a tax-deductible donation to this event, please visit: www.warheroesonwater.com.

About War Heroes on Water
War Heroes on Water (WHOW) is an annual sport fishing tournament of unprecedented scale that supports programs for wounded veterans. It was established in 2018 by LoanDepot Founder and CEO Anthony Hsieh, who is also the owner and leader of Team Bad Company, a world-class competitive sport fishing fleet holding records. Thanks to Hsieh’s close ties to the sport fishing and business communities of Southern California, WHOW has grown exponentially in four years and is now the largest non-profit sport fishing tournament in the United States. Learn more about WHOW at www.warheroesonwater.com or follow WHOW on Facebook and Instagram.

About Freedom Alliance
Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization that provides aid and support to injured soldiers and military families. Freedom Alliance has awarded more than $ 20 million in scholarships to children of military heroes killed or disabled during military service and has spent millions more to help injured veterans and military families with therapy trips outdoor recreation, hero vacations, care packages for deployed troops, mortgage-free homes, all-terrain wheelchairs and much more. To learn more, visit www.FreedomAlliance.org or Facebook.com/FreedomAlliance.

About LoanDepot
LoanDepot (NYSE: LDI) is a digital commerce company committed to serving customers along the journey to homeownership. Since launching in 2010, LoanDepot has revolutionized the mortgage industry with a digitally driven approach that makes buying or refinancing a home easier, faster and less stressful. Today, as the nation’s second-largest retail mortgage lender, LoanDepot empowers clients to realize the American dream of homeownership through a wide range of lending and real estate services that simplify one of the most complex transactions. of life. With headquarters in Southern California and offices nationwide, LoanDepot is committed to serving the communities in which its team lives and works through a variety of local, regional and national philanthropic efforts.

WHOW raises funds in coordination with our philanthropic partner organization, Freedom Alliance. Freedom Alliance is recognized by the IRS as an organized public charity under section 501 (c) 3 of the IRS Code. LoanDepot and Freedom Alliance are in no way affiliated.

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