War Heroes on Water 2021 Sport Fishing Tournament Raises Record $ 1.35 Million for Combat Injured Veterans | New


NEWPORT BEACH, California, October 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Enabled Monday, October 4, 2021, thirty-eight of the best sport fishing vessels on the West Coast, led by the founder of the WHOW tournament and the founder / CEO of LoanDepot Anthony Hsieh, lined up to create a mile-plus parade just outside the town of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, wrapping up the fourth annual War Heroes on Water (WHOW) Sport Fishing Tournament. This jaw-dropping sight has been set against another epic backdrop – a dramatic and rare pop-up lightning storm.

Following the training, 12 members of the WHOW fleet stood ready to bring their biggest catches to the Avalon Green Recreational Pier, where they enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity to live out the dream of many fishermen from the west coast: see their fish weighed and photographed on this iconic fishing monument. For over three hours, tourists, Avalon residents, and WHOW yacht crews and veterans watched and cheered on every yacht entering the pier, bringing a total of 21 of the tournament’s biggest bluefin tuna to be weighed and documented. .

The weigh-in, broadcast live on YouTube, was yet another record breaking moment in the record-breaking tournament. Prior to the launch of the tournament’s first yacht, the event had already set new records for the number of veteran participants, the number of sport fishing yachts, the number of sponsors, the number of donors and, most importantly, the dollars. collected to support the rehabilitation needs of combat casualties. veterans and their families. Together, these milestones have propelled the tournament to its new stature as the largest non-profit sport fishing tournament in the United States.

But the tournament wasn’t created to break records – it was created to help change the lives of wounded veterans and put them on the road to recovery. The veterans on board, many of whom have been lauded for their bravery and bravery, including 49 Purple Hearts, 108 Praise Medals, 112 Medals of Honor, 35 Bronze Stars and 14 Humanitarian Aid Medals, gathered from all parts of the country to find peace and healing with the community that loves and supports them. Notably, and demonstrating the widening scope and impact of the event, for the first time ever, two of the tournament boats had all-female veteran teams on board.

Hsieh created the WHOW tournament in 2018 following a fishing trip he organized for a group of veterans. Before returning to port, he already had a vision for the tournament and how he wanted it to meet the needs of our nation’s battle-wounded heroes. Today, WHOW is raising funds for its charitable partner, Freedom Alliance, an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured service members, veterans and military families. Each year, the Freedom Alliance provides therapeutic services to thousands of veterans, as well as scholarships for children of fallen or injured service members.

Hsieh said at the awards ceremony, “I am deeply grateful for everyone’s efforts to make this great event and a memorable tournament, and I would like to recognize all the time, effort and financial contributions he made. took to make it all possible. I can tell you that while I don’t know what next year’s tournament will look like, I know that we will keep this momentum going and our goal is to make an impact. even more important about the veterans. There is nothing else that I have done in my life that has had more human-to-human impact. And, over the past four days, even though we have had an impact on our veterans, they had an equal, if not greater, impact on us. “

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 created in 2018 by LoanDepot Founder and CEO Anthony Hsieh, who also owns and operates Team Bad Company, a world-class competitive sport fishing fleet holding records. Thanks to Hsieh’s deep ties to the Southern california sport fishing and business communities, 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 $ 18 million in college scholarships to children of military heroes killed or disabled during military service and spent millions more to help injured veterans and military families with outdoor recreational therapy trips, 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.


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