For the past 11 years, The Mossy Creek Invitational has provided a great day for great Americans while simultaneously raising vital support for our programs and the disabled veterans they serve. This year was no exception as countless individuals and companies embraced our cause and the disabled veterans we serve in memorable fashion. It is this embrace, this community, and the unconditional commitment of those who support the Mossy Creek Invitational (MCI) that we are able to continue bringing our unique form of therapy to those who have made great sacrifices in the service of our nation.
The MCI has been held in Bridgewater, VA since 2008 and is graciously hosted each year by Robin and Bob Fitch. It is one of PHWFFs premier fundraising events while also serving as a fun fly fishing competition with Fifteen PHWFF veteran participants from around the Nation paired with a sponsor and professional fly fishing guide for a day of memorable angling on Virginia’s famed Mossy Creek. We are honored and humbled to announce that $225,986 was raised on Saturday June 2, 2018 to support our 222 Programs and the disabled veterans they serve in their communities.
Of the total raised, 96 cents on each dollar goes directly to the disabled veterans we serve! We are humbled by the tremendous charity of sponsors like BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Golden Corral, Microsoft, the USO, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, The Orvis Company and the Town of Bridgewater.
As the veteran competitors were drawn from PHWFF Programs nationwide a special pre-tournament day was planned by the Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited on the Thornton River near Sperryville, VA. The sun shone bright (despite the storms that had been soaking the area with rain) and the veteran competitors were treated to guided fishing, professional casting practice and lessons, fly tying instruction, and a fabulous lunch. The outing gave them the opportunity to meet one another and “warm-up” on a fantastic local trout stream.
Following their day on the water, dozens of people attended a social gathering at O’Neill’s Grill in Harrisonburg, VA. As in past years, the gathering at O’Neills Grill brought sponsors, volunteers, guides, PHWFF leadership, and veterans together for an enjoyable time. The social hour provided friends, old and new alike, with the opportunity to visit, catch-up, and discuss tactics.