Byline: The Log Staff
SAN DIEGO — This year’s Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge Tournament is scheduled Aug. 24-26, to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego — and whether participants compete in the sportfishing tournament or simply come for the festive banquet and auction at the conclusion of the tournament, there will be fun for everyone, said Wayne Kotow, 2012 event chairman.
At the banquet, “There’s great musical entertainment by the Black Canyon Band, the exciting Tournament Awards Presentation for all participating anglers, a fabulous fresh barbecue tuna banquet lunch and an incredible array of live auctions, silent auctions and numerous raffles for all attendees to enjoy,” Kotow said.
Anglers and non-anglers alike are welcome to attend the banquet and auction. “It’s one of the year’s great parties where old friends and new have a chance to share special stories and experiences with each other,” said Brad Stiles, fishing tournament chairman.
This year’s banquet takes place at a new location: Portuguese Hall on Shelter Island, at 2818 Avenida de Portugal.
Tournament anglers will have a chance to fish for a variety of tuna, yellowtail, dorado and billfish to compete for prizes. Special tournament prizes include an Alaskan fishing vacation package at Dove Island Lodge, fishing vacation packages at Van Wormer Baja Resorts and a variety of tackle for all large- and small-boat division, junior division and charter boat division winners.
The event is presented annually by the all-volunteer Tuna Challenge Auxiliary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. Members combine a passion for fishing with as passion to provide wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions — helping to bring hope, strength and joy into their lives, event organizers explained.
“We hope everyone will come and enjoy this amazing celebration (at the banquet) on Aug. 26, and help us fulfill children’s fondest wishes,” Stiles said. “Our dedicated volunteer committee has raised over $2.4 million to date. That represents a lot of wishes and with everyone’s support, we can do even more.”
For more information on the tournament and the banquet, visit tunachallenge.org.