TCK Salmon Tournament

2021 Event Dates:
Thursday, May 27 and Thursday, July 29 

Chinook Pier, Grand Haven, Michigan

It’s not too late to get involved!

Support children’s hospitals — and have a fun day of salmon fishing on Lake Michigan!

All net proceeds of our two annual Salmon Tournaments support pediatric care at North Ottawa Community Health System (NOCHS), and Child Life programs at children’s hospitals in Michigan including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Tournament sponsors are assigned to professional charter boats for a morning of exciting salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. Each boat holds up to six participants, and sponsors can invite anyone they wish — family, friends, employees or customers. Sponsors can also support fishing opportunities for “VIP” pediatric patients.

Sponsorships must be received and all boat participants registered no later than two weeks in advance of event. Boats are chartered and assigned based on paid sponsor request whenever possible. [2021 Sponsorship Form]

Boats Depart at 6:00 a.m. from Chinook Pier, Grand Haven. All participants must register and pick up their fish tags; coffee, donuts and participant t-shirts are available before departure. Boats Return at 12:00 p.m. to Chinook Pier and tagged fish are weighed and processed. Lunch is provided, and a short program precedes the awarding of prizes. A Grand Prize is awarded for the largest fish in Sponsor and Patient VIP categories. Additional prizes are awarded by drawing fish tags.

Participants are required to register in advance, on-shore activities will observe social distancing and respect unvaccinated or immuno-compromised participants.

Inclement weather:  Our charter captains make the call on Tournament morning if the weather is not suitable for their boat. Unless travel is unsafe, sponsors and participants should come to Chinook Pier. In the event the fishing is canceled, each set of participants may set up a separate day and time to fish with their assigned charter.

Eligibility to Participate and Win Prizes:  Participants aboard boats may include only paid sponsors and/or their registered guests, patient VIPs and their chaperones, and designated reporters or photographers. All participants must register in advance and are eligible to receive giveaways. All paid sponsor guests are eligible to win prizes, including employees, volunteers, members, friends or families of sponsors, beneficiaries, Kiwanis, charters or other organizations or entities. Patient VIPs age 17 and under are eligible to win prizes; adult chaperones are not eligible.

[Click here for complete tournament rules]


Our founder and Grand Admiral:

Earl O’Brien (Sep 11, 1937 – Nov 4, 2019) spent his life creating opportunities for kids to enjoy sports and life, even if disadvantaged, disabled, or dealing with catastrophic disease. In 2005 Earl launched an offshore fishing tournament benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and was instrumental in keeping the tournaments going and focused on the needs of hospitalized children. He truly lived the Kiwanis mission of “improving the world one child and one community at a time.” [ObituaryGrand Haven Tribune Article]

The video tribute below includes photos of Earl and the salmon tournaments through the years, narrated by Earl himself from an interview on the WGHN Sunday Morning Forum in 2011.


Thank you to our
2021 SPONSORS and DONORS

Chinook Sponsors (including VIP sponsorship)
Muskegon Conservation Club
Metal Flow Corporation

Patient VIP Atlantic Sponsor
Hansen-Balk Steel Treating Co.

Coho Sponsors
KPR of Allegan
Verplank Trucking Company
Premier Finishing Inc.
Quality Tool & Stamping Co., Inc.
Steve and Sandy Moreland

Patient VIP Coho Sponsors
Active Manufacturing Corp.
Milo & Abby DeVries
Centennial Securities Co.

Additional Patient VIP Donors
Westwind Construction
Scott E. DeBoer Memorial Fund
Shape Corporation
R.A. Miller Industries, Inc.
Consumers Energy Foundation, Ryan Schmoekel
Diane House

Prize Donors
Freedom Boat Club of West Michigan
Mercury Store & Lock
Magnum Coffee
M. Gary Robertson, MD
Sandy Katt
@Home Realty, Steve Hass
Sarah Vanelzelingen
Sweet Temptations
Ellen Eich
Coldwell Banker Schmidt, Melissa Heyer

Food and Accommodation Donors
Best Western Beacon Inn
Shoreline Insurance
Tyson Foods
Orchard Market
Tri-Cities Kiwanians


Thank you to our
2020 SPONSORS and DONORS

Angel+ Donor
Rand Logistics “Marine Miracle Month” / Verplank Trucking

Star Sponsors
KPR of Allegan
Premier Finishing, Inc.
Verplank Trucking
Steve and Sandy Moreland
Suburban Inns

Silver Sponsors
Midwest Juice Inc. of Michigan

Patient VIP Sponsors
Centennial Securities Co.
Hansen-Balk Steel Treating Co.
Michigan Anglers Association
NOCHS Medical Staff
Milo and Abby DeVries
Scott E. DeBoer Memorial Fund
BMC Bil-Mac Corporation

Donors in honor of Earl O’Brien
Midwest Juice Inc. of Michigan
Peter Beukema

Patient VIP Donors in honor of Tom Hamilton
Amanda Dyer
Barry Matthews
Raymond Schinler

Food, Prizes and Other Contributions
Shape Corporation
F. Martin and Dorothy A. Johnson Family Fund
Shoreline Insurance Agency
Terrill Financial Group LLC
Oakes Agency, Inc.
Ellen Eich
Roger and Sandra Katt
Rick and Karen Meads


Thank you to our
2019 SPONSORS and DONORS

Double Angel+
Metal Flow Corporation

Angel+ Donor
Rand Logistics “Marine Miracle Month” / Verplank Trucking

Double Star+
KPR of Allegan

Double Hope
Suburban Inns

Hope Sponsor
Hansen-Balk

Star Sponsors
Automatic Spring Products Corp
Premier Finishing, Inc.
Verplank Trucking
PVI Industrial Washing, Inc.
Quality Tool & Stamping
Lily Products of Michigan, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
Midwest Juice
Dr. Doublestein

Patient VIP Sponsors
Active Manufacturing
Global Concepts Enterprise, Inc.
Centennial Securities
Milo R. DeVries
North Ottawa Medical Staff
Muskegon Conservation Club
Michigan Anglers Association
Westwind Construction & Development
Dr. Doublestein
Scott DeBoer Memorial Fund
Dyna-Plate, Inc.

Donors
Shape Corp.
BMC Bil-Mac Corporation
Michigan Anglers Association
Roger and Sandra Katt

Food Donors
Arturo’s Tacos
Tyson Foods
The Cookie Lady
Shoreline Insurance Agency
Wesco
Panera Bread
Orchard Market
Terrill Financial Group, LLC
Sweet Temptations
Old Boys Brewhouse
Roger and Sandra Katt
Preferred Auto Dealerships
Taco Bell (sporks!)
Tri-Cities Kiwanis Members
Additional equipment support from:
Elks Lodge # 1200
Eagles FOE 925
Flagship Restoration
Compass Design

Prize Donors
Sea Flea Charters
Reel Action Charters
Lakeshore Law & Mediation Center PLC
Centennial Securities
Magnum Coffee
Hitman Charters
Tammy Too Charters
Jay’s Sporting Goods
Chicago Title
Best Western Beacon Inn
Melissa Heyer
Chemical Bank
MACkite
Porto Bello
Tri-Cities Kiwanis Members

Accommodations for Patients
Best Western Beacon Inn

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