The Patriot Award is Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing’s (PHWFF) highest and most prestigious award. It is bestowed upon individuals or organizations that have demonstrated, over time, continuous and extraordinary service to PHWFF as an organization, and to those whom the organization serves. The recognition may encompass different types of support – from personal commitment to our mission or beyond that which would normally be expected, to material support in the form of donations, whether in money, or in kind, that are truly significant. The underlying premise is that the Patriot Award is given only to those who have demonstrated care and concern about our disabled PHWFF participants, military and veteran alike, that far exceeds what would normally be expected from our committed volunteers and supporters. This year, we are proud to announce that The Patriot Award was bestowed upon three individuals whose tremendous dedication to our mission beckons recognition and honor.
We are proud to have bestowed The Patriot Award upon Mike Smith, Ken Asbury, and Roger Kirby during the Saturday night dinner of the 9th Annual 2-Fly Tournament at Rose River Farm. .
Mike Smith was born in Richmond, Indiana the youngest of three children. He graduated from Richmond High School where he enjoyed being on the golf and swim team. He majored in biology and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Wittenberg University, where he met his future wife Ann, a marriage that has lasted 50 years and produced two beautiful daughters, 3 grand-children, and terrific son-in-law. During these early years Mike served for 7 years in the Ohio National Guard. Professionally, Mike started his career in sales which progressed into the ownership of retail stores in North Carolina. Mike was also involved in the brokergae business and real estate. Mike is a 32 degree Mason and in retirement has devoted his time to family, gardening, golf, and swimming, and his devotion to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
Ken Asbury is President and CEO of CACI International Inc, a $3.6 billion information solutions and services company. A veteran of the U.S. Army himself, Ken is a champion of hiring veterans and veterans with disabilities, recognizing that they have the talent, character, and dedication to deliver exceptional support for the national missions CACI serves. Under his guidance, CACI is a national leader in recruiting, hiring, and mentoring veterans, as well as providing philanthropic assistance to veterans and their families. Ken is also an avid fly fisherman, and a long-time supporter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
Roger Kirby is President of the Guilford Company and Vice-President of the Guilford Foundation. He is active in Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and has been a patron of PHWFF both personally and through the Guilford Foundation for many years. Among other organizations he supports are The James River Association, Sons of the Revolution and the Saint Catherine's School in Richmond, Virginia. Roger is an avid outdoorsman and is active in fly fishing and hunting. His interests include politics, land management and coaching Richmond Little League sports Roger makes his home in Richmond with his wife Louise and children Laura and James.
Join us thanking them for their continuous and extraordinary service to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and to those injured military service members and disabled veterans whom this organization serves.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
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