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Fishermen Raise $39,174 While Casting a Line for ALS

by | Jul 12, 2019

On the weekend of June 28th and 29th, 95 fishermen from around the state gathered for the second annual ALS Fishing Classic in Port Mansfield, Texas- raising $39,174 for the fight against ALS!

The Classic is the brainchild of John Spiekerman and Harvey Hardwick- two lifelong friends who have both lost loved ones to ALS. The pair felt compelled to engage the Rio Grande Valley community in the mission of the ALS Association and together they made the first event a success!

For the Second Annual Classic we kicked things off with a Captain’s meeting over dinner and drinks on Friday night, and the first boat set sail before sunrise on Saturday. During Saturday’s dinner we presented our winners with awards like “Best Team Name” and “Largest Catch”. Congrats to our winners Clay Morgan, Jay Freedman, and Andy Gonzalez!

During the event we honored our Rio Grande Valley clinic. With your help we’ve been able to expand our clinics into more areas to reach those in need, including Rio Grande Valley. Our Rio Grande Valley clinic opened in October of 2017 at Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance and has been serving local ALS patients ever since! Thank you to Dr. Khabbazeh and his team for everything they do.

A special thanks to the volunteer committee for their commitment to making the tournament a great success: Dan Baen, Harvey Hardwick, Shirley Holm, Edie Katsfey, John Spiekerman, Martin Spiekerman, Becky Spiekerman and Kitley Wasicek.

Stay tuned for information about the 2019 tournament at

See more photos from the event here.

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