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Hooking the Cure for CF

November 27, 2007

Hook the Cure
Wade Boggs (l) and wife Debbie enjoy some time away from fishing with Team IOTEC/Toshiba.
Puerto Vallarta’s blue skies and clear water created a tropical paradise for the 120 guests who enjoyed a weekend of world-class fishing at the Southern California Chapter’s Hook the Cure from October 25 to 28. Adrenalin rushed as novices and seasoned anglers alike set their hooks for trophy-sized marlins, sailfish, mahi mahi and tuna. Presented by BJ’s Restaurants, Hook the Cure, which is part of the Redbone Tournament Series, reeled in a whopping $345,000, surpassing last year’s results by $191,000.

For those who preferred to have their fun on dry land, Vista Vallarta provided its signature golf courses amid lush island scenery. At the end of the day, a silent auction added to the festivities, with such coveted prizes as a 42-inch television donated by Toshiba and IOTEC, an American Airlines Celebrity Ski Package in Vail, Colo., and 2008 Super Bowl tickets complete with hotel accommodations.

Special celebrity appearances made the occasion all the more exciting. As the event’s hosts, baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs and Los Angeles radio personality Shawn Parr entertained and mingled with the crowd over the long weekend.

“The support this year has been outstanding,“ said Bob Huston, 2007 chair of Hook the Cure. “Our sponsors and fundraisers have pulled out all the stops when it comes to helping us fight the battle against CF.” Co-chairman, Jeff Jennison agrees: “It’s heartening to see so many people come out and support the Foundation. Every bit of help brings us closer to a cure.”

A special vote of thanks goes to sponsors American Airlines, Architectural Traditions, BJ's Restaurants Foundation, Charter Dreams of Puerto Vallarta, Colliers International, Gray Taxidermy, IOTEC/Toshiba, Millie & Severson, Norm Wilson & Sons, Pacific Design Estates Construction, Inc., Redbone @ Large Tournament Series, RGA Architects, Skipper & Dukes Offshore Fishing Series, and Venegas World Star Realty and Watson Land Company.

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