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PHWFF: 2014 Mossy Creek Invitational

The warriors and participants of the 2014 Mossy Creek Invitational

PHWFF CEO, Ellen Killough, the participants and founder of PHWFF Ed Nicholson at the 2014 Mossy Creek Invitational

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.

Brian Trow and Bob Fitch (right) present CEO of PHWFF Ellen Killough and Founder Ed Nicholson (left) this year's Mossy Creek Invitational donation.

Brian Trow and Bob Fitch (right) present CEO of PHWFF Ellen Killough and Founder Ed Nicholson (left) this year’s Mossy Creek Invitational donation.

MCI million check

Brian Trow and Ed Nicholson share a well deserved hand shake having beat the 10 year goal of reaching $1Million to help our warriors.

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.

Several warriors commented on how fly fishing has changed their lives.

Several warriors commented on how fly fishing has changed their lives.

Anglers and guides were laser focused on landing fish all day.

Anglers and guides were laser focused on landing fish all day.

Brian Trow guiding his warrior to several opportunities.

Brian Trow guiding his warrior to one of several opportunities.

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