Investors Group Financial Services Inc. is hosting the First Annual Salt Water Showdown Fishing Derby, Sunday, August 27th 2017 with a Chinook Grand Prize for an all-inclusive 4 night, 5 day fishing adventure for two to Langara Fishing Lodge (must be 19 yrs or older to win). Pacific Coastal Airlines has generously donated return flights from Comox to the South terminal in Vancouver to ease the commute for the winner and their guest, making their way to the classic resort located in Haida Gwaii.  

There is over $25,000 in cash and prizes to be won. The hidden weight category prize pack includes a two night deluxe accommodation for two at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa paired with a full day guided fishing trip with Comox Valley’s very own local guide Cliff, of Cliff’s Chinook Charters. The GRAND DRAW PRIZE (whether you return to the dock empty handed or not) is a 9.9 Yamaha outboard motor donated by Parksville Boathouse valued over $4500.  

The lower gazebo at Marina Park in Comox, adjacent to the new beautiful sail buildings, will be derby headquarters and the weigh in station the day of the event.  

“Investors Group has a passion for giving back and the fishing derby is one way to show our appreciation to the Comox Valley and its residents”, said Don Behan a Senior Consultant with Investors Group and volunteer with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. Proceeds from the Salt Water Showdown will be shared by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and RCM SAR 60. These two organizations being natural choices due to the valuable services they provide; The Pacific Salmon Foundation for their work in restoring wild Pacific salmon and RCM SAR for being there to assist when help is needed the most. 

The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue-Station 60 has been operating for well over 35 years and has a local volunteer base of 60 members who are on call 24-7, 52 weeks of the year. These members provide a valuable service in providing not only rescue services but safety education and training to the Comox Valley and its residences.  

The Pacific Salmon Foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary featuring many milestones reached over the last three decades through dedicated donors, volunteers and partners, including some significant investment in the Comox-area. “The Comox Valley is home to a vibrant salmon community that the Pacific Salmon Foundation is proud to support,” said Dr. Brian Riddell, CEO and president of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. “Since 1989, the Foundation has provided grants of more than $1.4 million to the dedicated volunteers that enhance stocks and conserve habitat in the area. Those funds were raised through our annual fundraising dinner in Comox, generous donors and events like this one which connect users of the resource with its restoration. Investors Group has been a strong supporter of the Foundation and its efforts in Comox, we’re grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of this great event”. The $1.4 million supported 142 projects with a total value of $6.6 million, because community grantees use Foundation grants to inspire matching funds and in-kind donations from the community. The Pacific Salmon Foundation (established in 1987) is a charitable organization whose mission is to protect, conserve and restore wild Pacific salmon population in BC and the Yukon.  

Derby registration is open! Pop into one of four locations with cash or cheque;  The Investors Group office #22-1599 Cliffe Ave, Tyee Marine 870 Cliffe Ave, Gone Fishin’ 2720 Cliffe Ave and Pilon Tool Rentals. Early bird registration is $150 per boat from now until Aug 15th and late registration is $200 per boat Aug 16th– 26th. Fishing boundary areas include North as far as 13-3, 13-14, 13-15, 15-13 and South as far as 14-1, 14-2, 16-1. Purchase your tidal water sport fishing licence and salmon conservation stamp at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.   

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors to date: Langara Fishing Lodge, Parksville Boathouse, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Cliff’s Chinook Charters, Gone Fishin’, Parker Marine, Tyee Marine, Pilon Tool Rentals, Gibbs Delta, Seaguar, Owner Hooks, Pure Audio, Chan Nowasad Boates, Prime Chophouse Bar and Grill, Yamaha, Reeds Creative Design, Scotty, Gee and Associates Private Wealth Management, Don Behan of Investors Group, Ricky’s All Day Grill, Jamie Edwards Personal Real Estate Corp, Hub City Fisheries Nanaimo, Relay Rentals, Finning Canada and the Avalanche Liquor Store.  

There is still plenty of time to support this great cause by sponsorship, contact Mandy Baker of Investors Group for further details at 250-338-7811 or mandy.baker@investorsgroup.com. Like and follow us on Facebook @fishingderby2017 for full event details, rules and regulations, fisher photos of the week and prize/sponsorship announcements.  

 

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