TCK Salmon Tournament

2020 Events:
Thursday, May 21 and Thursday, July 23 

Thank you to all our Sponsors and Donors (see below), Patient VIPs and hospital contacts, Kiwanians and volunteers — We had a great event despite unusual circumstances, had fun, and raised money for pediatric healthcare!

Help us prep for 2021…

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 young patients.

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

Sponsorships must be received and all boat participants registered no later than two weeks in advance of event. Boats are arranged based on paid sponsor request whenever possible. [See the 2020 Sponsorship Form]

Boats Depart at 6:00 a.m. from Chinook Pier, Grand Haven. Coffee and donuts are available before departure. All participants must register before departing, and pick up their fish tags. 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 lottery using the fish tags.

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.

• Charter boats are limited to groups of four.
• Instead of t-shirts, all registered participants will recieve a bandana-style face mask. Face masks must be worn.
• Boats will leave and return on a staggered schedule.
• Snacks, drinks and boxed lunches will be provided on the boats.
• Each boat will send in their own weigh-in results, as well as photos and videos.
• Giveaways, presentations and live video will take place on Facebook.
• Largest fish winners will be announced on Facebook, prizes will be mailed after the event.

Grand Admiral Earl O’Brien

This year we honor Earl “The Pearl” O’Brien, our founder and Grand Admiral, who spent his life creating opportunities for kids to enjoy sports and life, even if disadvantaged, disabled, or dealing with catastrophic disease. Earl passed away on November 4, 2019. [Obituary, and Grand Haven Tribune Article] See the video above for photos of our 15-year tournament history and the special impact that Earl had on our community and the world. He truly lived the Kiwanis mission of “improving the world one child and one community at a time.” [Donate in honor of Earl]

Tom and Jan Hamilton

We have also recently lost both of our greatest fans, Tom and Jan Hamilton. Tom was a retired fish biologist with a passion for conservation and youth involvement in fishing. He passed away on November 29, 2019. [Read Tom’s Obituary] Jan was better known as “The Cookie Lady” — she donated her delicious cookies to many efforts, including ours. She had a huge heart for kids, and loved to see our Patient VIPs smiling and enjoying our events. She passed away on June 18, 2020. [Read Jan’s Obituary] They will both be so very missed. [Donate in honor of Tom and Jan]

Thank you to our

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

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

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.

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
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
Porto Bello
Tri-Cities Kiwanis Members

Accommodations for Patients
Best Western Beacon Inn