343b4fb9-2458-41d7-aacb-81843d8bd300Capt. Edwin P. Nicholson, USN (ret.) Founder, President and Co-Chair of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, has chosen this holiday season to become a re-gifter. Upon accepting the 25-thousand dollar Purpose Prize award from Encore.org, he announced that he was donating the entire award to the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), the charity he founded in 2005.

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2013

LaPlata, MD–Capt. Edwin P. Nicholson, USN (ret.) Founder, President and Co-Chair of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, has chosen this holiday season to become a re-gifter.  Upon accepting the 25-thousand dollar Purpose Prize award from Encore.org, he announced that he was donating the entire award to the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), the charity he founded in 2005.

Nicholson, of Port Tobacco, MD, accepted the Purpose Prize award from NBC’s Jane Pauley at Encore.org’s offices in Sausalito, CA on December 5.  He was among seven Purpose Prize winners for 2013 which were announced on November 11, 2013.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is a 501(c)3 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.

Funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the John Templeton Foundation, and Symetra, The Purpose Prize is a program of Encore.org, which aims to engage millions of boomers in encore careers combining personal meaning, continued income and social impact in the second half of life.

At the award ceremony, Nicholson was introduced by a short video describing his “encore” career and his vision to aid the rehabilitation of disabled military members and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying.  The video, which can be seen here, was filmed on Beaver Creek, MD with a number of current and former PHWFF program participants.

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The Challenge

In appreciation of his generous and selfless gift, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing has instituted a crowd funding campaign, asking supporters to match the funds donated by Nicholson.  Those funds will provide the organization with resources to fund its organizational goals of starting up new programs to reach even more disabled veterans, funding national and regional outings, and providing support and supplies for the organization’s 158 programs.

PHWFF is inviting supporters to help raise money for the Purpose Prize Matching Challenge to Support Injured & Disabled Veterans benefiting PROJECT HEALING WATERS FLY FISHING INC.

To join our team, simply go to the page (link is below) and click the big FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you’ll instantly have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team. Even if you can’t donate yourself, you can share this challenge with your friends through email, Facebook and Twitter and help spread the word. In only takes a couple of clicks!

Thank you in advance for your participation. Your participation in this campaign helps us support the programs in Redding, CA and Pensacola, FL, along with 156 others across the nation. It also provides the funding needed to start new programs so that the rehabilitative benefits of fly fishing can be shared with even more injured and disabled military members and veterans.