We’re pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Holy Waters Tournament will take place on August 4, 2018 at Gates Au Sable Lodge in Grayling, Michigan. Now in it’s second year, the [...]
On August 4, 2018 PHWFF participants, supporters and volunteers will come together on the beautiful waters of the Au Sable River at Gates Lodge for our second Holy Waters Tournament, an event that is instrumental in the continued success of PHWFF programs in the Midwest and across the country.
The Au Sable River is considered one of the best brown trout fisheries east of the Rockies and has been designated a blue ribbon trout stream by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Veteran participants and volunteers, thanks to generosity of the tournament host, Gates Ausable Lodge, will have the privilege of fishing the “Holy Waters” section of the river during the tournament on August 4, 2018.
It is a section steeped in history that offers not only phenomenal trout fishing, but an opportunity to soak in the beautiful surroundings and aid in providing the veteran competitors with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Following the tournament, a very special fundraising banquet will be held at Gates Lodge on Saturday evening, August 4th, to provide the thousands of veterans served by PHWFF annually with the support they need on their journeys to recovery.
Sponsorship at this level allows five veterans to experience a premier fishing destination in the U.S.
Sponsorship at this level allows five veterans the opportunity to fish a national destination
Sponsorship at this level supports activities and day trips for one PHWFF Program for a full year
Sponsorship covers tournament experience of one PHWFF veteran paired with a professional fishing guide
Sponsorship at this level sponsors one veteran in a national tournament fishing experience
Contact Tournament Organizer Rich Lobianco at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a sponsor today
Todd is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and infantry officer with 31 years of service to our Nation. A native of Auburn, Maine, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 and attained the rank of Sergeant before becoming an infantry officer. He commanded at each rank and most recently served as the Commanding Officer, The Basic School from 2012 to 2014. He also served as the Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines from 2005 to 2007 – deploying the Battalion to Iraq in 2006-2007, where they conducted counter-insurgency operations in Ramadi and Fallujah. Previously, he served as the Executive Officer for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines – deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005. During this deployment he fought in Operation Al FAJR in Fallujah, Iraq where he was wounded several times in close quarters combat with the enemy. He is also a veteran of numerous other operations and 11 unit deployments overseas.
He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Scout-Sniper Instructor Course; the Marine Corps Summer Mountain Leaders’ Course; Amphibious Warfare School; and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also completed the National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008. He holds a Bachelors degree in history from Boston University and a Masters degree in military science from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Todd is married to the former Christiana Drake. They have a daughter Katherine, and two sons, Todd and Michael. His personal military decorations include the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals both with Valor Devices, two Purple Heart Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Todd developed a love for fly fishing growing up in Maine chasing its abundant native brook trout and landlocked salmon in its numerous lakes and streams. Todd reconnected with fly fishing after joining the Project Healing Waters’ Fly Fishing program at Fort Belvoir, Virginia upon the recommendation of his physical therapist in March 2015. As a participant and volunteer, Todd recognized the remarkable physical and emotional transformation that the Project Healing Waters Program initiated for him and for his fellow participants and he decided that he wanted to join its exceptional team after his medical retirement from the military in 2016.