The last seven years have been good for Project Healing Waters. Originally a goal was set to raise $1 million in 10 years—but they made it in seven. There’s no doubt that the monies ($211k this year) raised by our local Mossy Creek Invitational held on the banks of Mossy Creek and due in no small part to the efforts put forth by the crew of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, helps a great deal.
Several volunteers turned out as guides, monitors, servers and helpers bearing smiles and donations to make the event a success for all in attendance. Having arrived just after the afternoon session kicked off, I was surprised to find many of the angling sponsors and participants energetic and laser focused on fishing, despite what was said to have been a tough morning after the first hour and a half.
John Miko (Tournament Director) greeted us and gave us a summary of happenings and pointed out special points of interest. The angling ended around 3:30 and everyone gathered under the tent for presentations, stories that left several eyes wet, and awards to anglers and teams.
It was good to see several MassTU members volunteering their time and efforts. Tom Sadler, (MassTU President) was there guiding his team of anglers. Jerry Black, Bill Cartwright and Steve Allen (all TU board members) were happily involved. Henry Bowser (MassTU Treasurer) presented the rod he makes annually to the lowest scoring angler—a much coveted award.
All in all, it was an extremely worthwhile event to attend with everyone supporting the warriors through it all with smiles and full hearts.