Stamford fishing tournament raises money for wounded veterans

Al Willis, a Montford Point Marine, salutes during a ceremony on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – In light of Fourth of July, a Stamford charity has reeled in $10,000 for injured veterans.

On June 20th, Hooks for Heroes Charity Fishing Tournament ,sponsored by the Halloween Yacht Club, raised $10,000 to help support wounded United States veterans. The 4th-annual event attracted over 150 participants, 40 of which were injured military veterans, to spend the day fishing on the Long Island Sound.

The Broad Star Boat, captained by Chris Bradbent from the Mianus River Yacht Club in Cos Cob, ventured back to shore with both the winning bluefish and winning bass. Abroad the boat, Veteran Katherine Swenson who served in the Air Force, caught the winning bass at 32 pounds.

The day continued with an invocation by Retired Bridgadier General Thaddeus Malanowski, a Stamford native and former Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States.

The crowd was also wowed by having both a military jet and Huey UH1 helicopter flyover the event.

“The members of the Halloween Yacht Club are very proud of this uplifting event, its positive impact on our veterans and the support of the community and local businesses for donations that aid families of our soldiers at Walter Reed as they recover from traumatic injuries,” said tournament chairman Pat Buzzeo.

“As a lifelong member of this community, the Halloween Yacht Club takes our responsibility to give back very seriously.”

For more information on the tournament, visit

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