PROJECT HEALING WATERS FLY FISHING, INC. (PHWFF) was pleased to present the Patriot Award to John Woodling for sustained extraordinary service for more than five years
The idea for Camp Healing Waters originated as an afterthought to the already effective rehabilitation concepts offered through Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) activities. Something that could expand the trust and camaraderie that develops through the volunteer and participant ranks as a natural occurring byproduct of a productive day on the water or behind the vise. Something that would demonstrate that it is more than just the fishing.
In "Emerger" the team at "Where the River Runs" tell the story of Sergeant Wes Dyer, United States Marine Corps. The short film shares how Wes was able to find a renewed sense of purpose and peace through fly fishing. This teaser paves the way for the full story, which they will be releasing on July 4th, 2016.
For those who don’t already know, The Mossy Creek Invitational (MCI) is one of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing’s (PHWFF) premier events, fly fishing tournaments, and fundraisers which takes place each summer in Bridgewater, Virginia. The community embraces the MCI and the veterans it serves by coming together through their volunteerism, patriotic welcomes and tremendous support. It is a place where friendships are made and strengthened – providing a wonderful environment and support structure for the veterans we serve through the outpouring of warmth and generosity from the community. It has taken on the familiar and warm atmosphere of a family re-union. The MCI family is a vast and growing collection of selfless, generous and inspiring individuals and companies not relegated to geographical proximity. Each year, many travel great distances for this annual family re-union to support Project Healing Waters, embrace old friends, meet new ones, and contribute greatly towards the recovery of those who have sacrificed for our nation. And no one travels further with greater passion, dedication, and intensity than the UKs Tony and Jan Spacey of The Littleover Group and Littleover Apiaries.
We are proud to announce that Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. has received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to support our annual National Fly Rod Building Program and to continue strengthening the infrastructure support crucial to the operation of 216 Programs nationwide; ensuring a unique and uniform experience for those veterans participating their programs.
The Mossy Creek Invitational (MCI) has been held in Bridgewater, VA since 2008 and on Saturday June 4, 2016 over $208,000 was raised in support of all our 216 Programs nationwide and the injured and disabled veterans they serve in their communities. The MCI is graciously hosted each year by Robin and Bob Fitch and is one of PHWFFs premier fundraising events while also serving as a fun fly fishing competition. Fifteen PHWFF veteran participants were paired with a sponsor and professional fly fishing guide for a day of memorable angling on Virginia's famed Mossy Creek
Dear Project Healing Waters Family,
Thanks to you, my three years as Chief Executive Officer have brought many accomplishments to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the heroes we serve. These great efforts have enabled us to expand our Program, through its unique kind of therapy, to more veterans than ever before across our great nation. My years as CEO have also brought about some of my own greatest professional endeavors – many of which I personally shared with you – the addition of more than 50 Programs since 2013, the National Program Rendezvous, the establishment of Healing on the Fly, New York City, and the incredible experience of building and working with the talented HQ staff we have today. These moments and achievements we all share as Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing moves strongly into the next decade of Healing those who Serve.
Veterans, volunteers, and special guests from across the country gathered at Rose River Farm in Syria, Virginia on April 30-May 1, 2016 for the 10th Annual 2-Fly Tournament benefiting Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc and the thousands of veterans our Programs serve each year. During the duration of the weekend over $200,000 was raised to support all 216 PHWFF Programs nationwide – enabling each Program to continue providing our unique form of therapy free of charge to those deserving veterans in their community who can benefit from our healing waters.
James McJunkin and Nick Rizik have launched FLI-95, an initiative devoted to raising funds for our cause and the veterans we serve through a remarkable fly-fishing road trip, traversing the entirety of I-95 and fishing in each state along the way. The trip kicked off on June 3, 2016 will take them to 15 states in 10 days, covering over 2346 miles with the goal to raise money and awareness for Project Healing Waters.
Today, we remember and honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We pay homage to their sacrifice today and everyday.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
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