A fishing tournament to help sick kids

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) An annual fishing tournament along the lakeshore is taking on new meaning for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Earl O’Brien started the annual Tri-Cities Kiwanis Salmon Tournament in 2005 as a benefit to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In 2013, the Kiwanis added a second tournament to benefit Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Their first year, they raised more than $40,000.

The tournament is designed to raise money for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and their Child Life Services Department through a salmon fishing tournament on July 8, 2014. More than 20 boats will depart Chinook Pier in Grand Haven, taking children from Helen DeVos and participants who sponsored the boats out for a day of fishing. Grand prizes are awarded for the largest fish in adult and child categories. Recent prizes included family yacht cruises, charted fishing trips, and a new kayak.

Boat sponsorships are $750. Each sponsor is assigned a professionally operated charter boat that holds up to six participants. You can invite family, friends, employees, or customers. You also have the option to host a child and their family member. If you are interested in having a child on your boat, contact Devin Pierson at (616) 391-2461 or devin.pierson@spectrumhealth.org.

Sponsors can also donate all six spots of their boat to patients and families of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital if they are unable to attend the tournament.

There are four levels of sponsorship, but donations in any amount are always appreciated. You can donate or find more information online by clicking here.

Angel Sponsor

  • $6,000
  • Three boats holding up to six participants each
  • Premier mention in media coverage
  • Name and/or logo displayed prominently
  • Opportunity to address attendees at event

Star Sponsor

  • $4,000
  • Two boats holding up to six participants each
  • Name and/or logo displayed prominently

Hope Sponsor

  • $2,000
  • One boat holding up to six participants
  • Name and/or logo displayed prominently

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Child Sponsor

  • $750
  • Sponsor a young child currently undergoing treatment at the children’s hospital to fish in the tournament
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