On Wednesday, October 19,2016 nineteen fishermen and women in five boats launched from the Greenwell State Park pier and went fishing on the Patuxent River. The fishing party was comprised of wounded warriors, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) volunteers, Greenwell Foundation volunteers, volunteers from the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association (MSSA), and volunteers from Parran’s Flooring Center, Inc. (PFC) of Leonardtown, Maryland.

The PHWFF organization served as the sponsor for the event with support from the Greenwell Foundation which provided coordination services, fishing rods, and bottom rigs; the MSSA and PFC which provided boats for the event; the Tackle Box of Lexington Park, Maryland, which donated ten dozen blood worms; and Mission BBQ of California, Maryland, which donated a delicious free lunch for all the wounded warriors and the support personnel.

This event gives testimony to the fact that when diverse organizations join together to support a common goal of supporting wounded warriors, amazing things can happen.  The event was deemed very successful by all the participants and laid the groundwork for a joint effort to establish a permanent Project Healing Waters program in southern Maryland. Future events are now in the planning phase to continue throughout the year at Greenwell State Park. To join or support the new southern Maryland PHWFF program contact nationalcapital@projecthealingwaters.org.

From left to right: Trevor Ibsen, Shawn Cushing, Bill Morris, Parran Wilkerson (boat captain), and Carol Morris relax before launching on their morning fishing adventure.

From left to right: Trevor Ibsen, Shawn Cushing, Bill Morris, Parran Wilkerson (boat captain), and Carol Morris relax before launching on their morning fishing adventure.