“As a proud American, it is my greatest honor to demonstrate our gratitude for the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country,” said the WHOW Tournament Founder and Founder and Executive Chairman of LoanDepot. 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 become – a community dedicated to providing care and support to veterans throughout the year – exceeds my wildest dreams, and I am honored by the commitment and dedication of my fellow anglers and local community members who make it all possible.”
At the heart of the WHOW Tournament are dozens of participants and volunteers, including 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 welcome veterans to the three-day on-water portion 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 sea, allow them to form deep and authentic connections with other team members and establish a long-term support system that extends far beyond the tournament itself.
The tournament also celebrates the lives of veterans through two special prizes, the Ron Ashimi Award, created in memory of Vietnam veteran and lifelong friend of the tournament founder Anthony Hsiehand the Josh Miles Prize, created in memory to honor the legacy of the tournament collaborator, veteran and beloved colleague who passed away suddenly at the end of 2021. These prizes, celebrating Top Angler and Top Boat respectively, are highly coveted by participants and evoke strong emotions during the heartfelt AWARDS CEREMONY.
While the tournament itself is strong on pageantry, that’s its long-term goal – to create and strengthen lasting bonds, which shine through the year. Participating veterans leave with great memories on the water but, more importantly, a 24/7 support network for the rest of their lives.
As the best angler of 2021, Ret. Marine Corporal Larry Drauhnshared as he took the honours, “This tournament has brought us all together and allowed us to be in each other’s lives and fill a void. The outdoors saves lives, the outdoors saved my life , and there are many other veterans who are struggling and if we can save a life, it’s worth it.”
This year’s WHOW tournament activities kick off with an intimate welcome reception featuring a silent auction and an acoustic performance by the country music star rich tyler, which returns for its third year. Veterans will then board their boats and enjoy a parade of patriotic community boats in Newport Harbor before setting sail. Once on the water, the prowess of SoCal’s best fisherman will take center stage. stage as each team shares their knowledge of local waters and expert fishing techniques to get their veterans fishing. The tournament culminates with the gathering of the fleet just outside Avalon Harbor, creating an unobstructed view of exceptional fishing skill, for a flyover of vintage WWII aircraft.
The generous family support of WHOW donors and volunteers over the years has helped the event directly care for 200 veterans on and off the water. Funds raised also benefit thousands of others across the country through the Freedom Alliance, which provides year-round therapeutic services to combat-injured service members and their families.
“WHOW is one of the most defining events for our veterans and it’s amazing to see the SoCal sport fishing community come together in such a way to support our nation’s heroes,” the president said. of the Freedom Alliance. Tom Kilgannon“The relationships between our veterans and all members of the WHOW family that have been formed over the years are truly inspiring, and we are so grateful to everyone who supports the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. .”
About Water War Heroes
War Heroes on Water (WHOW) is an annual sport fishing tournament of unprecedented scale that supports programs for veterans injured in action. It was created in 2018 by the founder and executive chairman of loanDepot Anthony Hsieh, who is also the owner and operator of Team Bad Company, a record-holding, world-class competitive sport fishing fleet. Thanks to Hsieh’s deep ties to the Southern California sport fishing and business, WHOW has grown exponentially in five years and is now the largest non-profit sport fishing tournament in the United States.
About the Freedom Alliance
Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization that provides aid and support to injured soldiers and military families. Freedom Alliance has awarded over $20 million in college 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 outdoor recreational therapy trips, Heroes 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 rich tyler
Northern California-raised, Nashville-rooted Tyler Rich found his love of music gathered around a Christmas tree alongside classic holiday family songs and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fast forward to earning a college degree in economics, Tyler moved to Los Angeles to pursue another numbers game – music – exploring various genres with songwriting and bands before making the jump to as a solo artist. While showcasing his amplified sound and infectious energy from coast to coast, the 2018 CMT Listen Up and 2019 Pandora artist toured with Brett Young, justin-mooreLANCO and Dustin Lynch, plus split bills alongside Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay. Enlisting Tyler as one of their “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know About,rolling stone touts him as “the newest member of country music’s radio-minded incoming class, with the swagger of a homecoming king and the songwriting smarts of a music major.” promotion.” Amassing over 394.4 million total global streams with his debut albumTWO THOUSAND THOUSAND(The Valory Music Co.), GOLD-certified hit “The Difference”, plus recent releases “Better Than You’re Used To” and The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnson-produced “A Little Bit of You”, his music embodies the feelings that all people have in common – the need for acceptance, devotion and a place of their own. His empathetic spirit also extends to animals with Rich Rescues, an initiative he started while on tour to raise awareness for pet adoption. Following his string of West Coast dates in 2021, Tyler extended THE TWO THOUSAND (PLUS) MILES TOUR with shows across the country in addition to joining by Chris Lane FILL THEM BOOTS TOUR. For dates and more, visit TylerRich.com or follow on Instagram and TikTok.
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