CATHLAMET — The 2nd Annual Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby will be Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, according to Cathlamet area resident and VFW member, Bob Roche, who is organizing the event.

Roche noted that this is probably the only salmon derby in the nation specifically for men and women who were injured while wearing the uniform of the United States. The purpose of this event is to provide a unique Northwest experience for the Warriors and Widows, many of whom are from other parts of the country and have never fished for or even seen a large salmon.

This year 35 soldiers and 10 widows and their children are expected to participate. There are 29 skippers who have already signed up as boat captains and will use their own boats, equipment and knowledge of Columbia River salmon fishing to make this special derby a success.

Roche recently announced contributions of $500 each from the Bank of the Pacific, The Campbell Group and the Bank of the Cascades. Donations have also been received from VFW District 16 and two other VFW Posts as well as donations from individuals and other businesses.

Several significant in-kind donations have also been made. The Hotel Cathlamet will donate all of their rooms to provide lodging for the soldiers, widows and children who will spend the night in Cathlamet. A number of other businesses through out the Pacific Northwest are donating food, beverages and prizes for the derby.

“While the Salmon Derby is specifically for the soldiers, widows and their children, we’re working on plans for several additional events that will engage the entire community in the Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby,” Roche added.

VFW Post 5297 has established a special account for financial donations from individuals and organizations who want to contribute to the Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby.

Donations made payable to the VFW-WTB may be sent to the VFW, 295 West Sunny Sands, Cathlamet, WA 98612. Funds will be used for the sole purpose of the Warriors and Widows Salmon Derby.

Roche noted, “This salmon derby is how Cathlamet says thank you to the men and women who wear the uniform and keep us safe.”

For information contact Becky Belangy at 360-849-4418 or at 503-703-7275.

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