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Over 150 fishermen, disabled military veterans and their families will participate in the 5th annual Hooks for Heroes Fishing Tournament to benefit wounded U.S. military veterans from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital and Connecticut veterans.  The event will take place Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Halloween Yacht Club (HYC), 10 Seaview Avenue in Stamford, Connecticut.  There is an entry fee of $35 per fisherman, which includes both breakfast and lunch. The day starts with breakfast at 5:15am and post-tournament lunch and awards at 1:30pm.

Tim Huff, far right, and Anthony Gisondi, left, fish with National Guard veteran Tom Kowolenko, center, on Saturday, June 21, 2014, during Halloween Yacht Club's third annual fishing tournament fundraiser, Hooks for Heroes, which this year supported Operation Gift Cards with proceeds going to veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Photo: Lindsay Perry / Stamford Advocate


Since its inception in 2012, the Stamford Hooks for Heroes event, it has raised over $30,000 for U.S. veterans.  Even a very windy and rainy 2015 tournament could not deter over 150 competitors, including some 40 wounded veterans and their families, for a day of fun and fishing on the Long Island Sound. 

A promotional video with past event images can be viewed here:


This year there will be two competing fishing categories: largest bluefish and largest bass by weight. The largest bass caught in the 2015 tournament was 36 pounds.  The event will also include a live band, a military flyover, a water cannon salute by the Stamford Fire and Police Departments and the participation of active members of the CT National Guard 1048th Division and the U.S Coast Guard.


 “As a veteran myself, I am proud of what the Halloween Yacht Club membership has done in helping wounded veterans. Over the past five years the event has grown more popular and 2016 will be better than any before it, with 100% of the proceeds going to veterans charities,” said Pat Buzzeo, chairman of the Stamford Hooks for Heroes fishing tournament, hosted by the Halloween Yacht Club.


All proceeds benefit Operation Gift Cards which provides Post Exchange Service gift cards, used to purchase basic necessities, for service men and women and their families receiving treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital. 


To register a boat or team of fishermen, please visit and click the “GIVE” logo at the top right of your screen, visit the HYC webpage, or make a direct donation through PayPal. You may also call Tucker Costanzo at (203) 223-2314 or Pat Buzzeo at (203) 559-5205 for registrant or donation information.


All U.S. Mail entries must be received by June 23, 2016 addressed to: Halloween Yacht Club, 10 Seaview Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902.  Make checks payable to “Operation Gift Cards.”  Registration is also open the morning of the event at the club.




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