MONTEREY, CA., – April 16, 2014 – Over 300 participants and 33 boats in Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and San Francisco, will compete in the 27th Annual Salmon Derby on Saturday, April 26. Organized by the Sports Rehab Center division of Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., the Derby brings disabled veterans out of homes and hospitals for a day of fishing for fun and prizes.
“This is a stress-free day,” says Jeanie O’Brien, medically discharged from the Army after injuries in Afghanistan landed her in a wheelchair. “When I was recovering in the hospital, I felt like I couldn’t do anything. My therapist hooked me up with the Monterey Bay Vets organization. I tried the Salmon and Rock Cod Derbys. They showed me there are lots of things I can still do. I connect with other Vets at these events that have been in my boots. This is a program I can utilize anytime, 365 days of the year. For those of us in wheelchairs, it gives us a whole other level of freedom”.
“We’ll do our best to find boats for every disabled person that wants to participate. That’s what we’ve done for 27 years,” says John Whitacre, Executive Director.
Veterans and all physically challenged members of the community are invited to participate in this free event. Applications are required prior to the event for fishing. Applications for boat owners able to support the event are also available. Participation is limited to available space on the boats. Applications are available atwww.mbv.org.
In Monterey, anglers will begin loading at 6 AM on Saturday, April 26, at Breakwater Cove Marina. An Awards Dinner will be held at the American Legion Post 41 in Monterey, that evening.
Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides recreational fishing, scuba dive programs, and transportation assistance for the disabled at major area events including Laguna Seca, Monterey Jazz Festival, California International Air Show, California Rodeo, AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament, First Tee Open and Concours d’Elegance. Funding through private and corporate donations, and grants, support these programs. To learn more go to: www.mbv.org.