HASA fundraiser 4/27/19 summary, by Cliff Hart

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We had another successful fundraiser on April 27, 2019 at the Arcata Community Center, which was our 11th annual event. Thanks to a great fundraiser committee, awesome donators, and all you loyal supporters. HASA is your local voice for saltwater sportfishing issues and it would not be possible without all of you.

I would like to recognize our 2019 fundraiser committee and volunteers:  Cliff & Leslie Hart, Gene Morris[SM1] , Ross Taylor, Scott & Becky McBain, Aaron Martin, Seth Naman, Larry & Carol De Ridder, Tom & Mary Marking, Jimmy & Brenda Yarnall[SM2] , Ben & Sue Doane, Michael Davies-Hughes, Bill Gillespie, Tim & Sherry Klassen, Mike Beck, and Paul Petros. Also, thanks to all who sold tickets for HASA, including our partners at Bucksport Sporting Goods Eureka, Englund Marine Eureka, Pacific Outfitters Eureka, and fundraiser committee and HASA board members.

We had 200 dinner tickets turned in for the event, including 19 children. The food was provided by Ramone’s Catering and was awesome, and the linens were donated by Mission Linen. The beverages were donated by Mad River Brewery, Redwood Curtain, North Coast Mercantile, John’s Fine Cigars/Myrtlewood Liquors, and HASA.

We raised $21,000 with an approximate net income of $9,500 that will be used for projects and representing us North Coast sportfishers during the 2019/2020 fiscal year. The silent auction raised $9,000 and raffle ticket sales were $4,500.

We had 29 silent auction items, including but not limited to a 7-day Maui trip from Trips for Charities, goose hunt from Mitch Ferro/Don Banducci, add in Reel Steel and Green Water charters too. drift boat fishing trip for two with Kenny Priest, six pack boat charter in Shelter Cove with Sea Hawk Sportfishing, an Accurate rod/reel combo donated by Accurate Reels and HASA. These are just a small sample of all the wonderful donations from our sponsors (see list of sponsors below). The Super Raffle prize was an awesome Accurate rod/reel combo, and the door prizes were a large B2Squid basket donated by B2Squid and Pescaro cooler donated by Englund Marine Eureka.

We had around 60 raffle items that were provided by various donors. We received $700 in donations for the kids’ raffle. All 19 kids walked away with something, such as a rod/reel combo, tackle box, tackle bags, among others. Special thanks to Lima’s Pharmacy, O&M Industries, Michael & Jeff Holland DDS, B2 Squid, Phil Grunert, and Pacific Outfitters for donating to the kids’ raffle. And thank you to Shalise Miles with Caliber Home Loans and Bob & Charleen Hoopes who provide a large cash donation to HASA every year to support our event.

We had several vendors this year that displayed their products or services, including B2Squid, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Floyd Spencer with the USCG Auxiliary, Humboldt County Office of Education Aquarium in the Classroom program, Migration Clothing, and the California SeaGrant folks who discussed their collaborative fisheries work on North Coast rocky reefs.

Please remember to patronize and say thank you to those businesses and individuals who donated to our fundraiser:

Kenny Priest with Fishing the North Coast, Pacific Outfitters, B2Squid, Englund Marine Eureka, Kokatat, Accurate Fishing, Trinidad Rancheria, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Shalise Miles / Caliber Home Loans, Rick Urban with Majestic Encounters, West Coast Bait, Sea Hawk Sportfishing, Green Water charters, Mission Linen, Mad River Brewery, Redwood Curtain, North Coast Mercantile, John’s Fine Cigars, Tim & Sherry Klassen, Bob & Charleen Hoopes, Lima’s Pharmacy, O&M Industries, Michael & Jeffrey Holland DDS, Englund Marine Crescent City, Bucksport Sporting Goods, Sue Doane, Degrees of Green Landscaping/Mike Beck, Jitterbean Coffee, Harper Motors, J’s RV Center, Mitch Farro/Don Banducci, Mobile Marine, Trips for Charities, Zulu Nyala Game Preserve Africa, Kent Hulbert, Phil Grunert, Migration Clothing, Green Diamond Resource, Coast Central Credit Union, B2 Squid, Coast Seafoods, Hayabusa USA Fishing Tackle, Ray’s Designs, Yoshi Uemura, Pro-Troll Fishing Products, DeeDee Aguilar, and “The Front Porch” Airbnb Arcata.

Thanks again for everyone who contributed to, supported, and attended our annual fundraiser. We are always looking for more volunteers to assist with pre-planning or assisting on the night of the event, so if you’re interested and/or have suggestions for improvements in next years’ event, please contact me at 707-845-4106.