Oregon Tuna Classic Volunteers Hope Event Will Bring in More Money for Oregon Food Bank

Posted by TravelCoosBay on August 11, 2010

The annual Oregon Tuna Classic is set to take place in Charleston, Oregon this weekend: Aug 13 thru Aug 14, 2010 . Over 180 boats and nearly 900 people are expected to participate. Volunteers will set out to top last years accomplishments: over 7,300 pounds of Albacore tuna and a cash contribution of $25,000 for Oregon Food Bank and its statewide network!   Teams are competing to catch up to the five biggest tuna in aggregate weight during the tournament hours.

In addition to the August 14 event in Charleston, The 2010 Oregon Tuna Classic Tournament events have occurred at Newport/Depoe Bay (July 17) coast of Ilwaco, Oregon (July 31) and will conclude in Garibaldi on August 28.

The Oregon Tuna Classic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of 100% volunteers. It is the result of a few compassionate fisherman and one great idea. Bud Hosner and his wife Michelle Seely, thought of a creative and new way to help fight hunger in Oregon.

Hosner found himself giving ample fish to friends and started to wonder why he was giving so much food to those who have more than enough when the hungry people of Oregon could benefit from his catch.

In 2005 a small group of fisherman joined with Hosner to organize the first annual I FISH FOR FOOD Tournament so anglers could spend the day doing what they love while helping to feed hungry people. Twenty teams competed to catch as many tuna as they could, up to their limit, in one day, with the objective of giving to those in need. By the end of the day, over 100 tuna totaling more than 2100 pounds were ready to be canned for donation to the Oregon Food Bank Network.

Having discovered a way to funnel their passion in to giving back to the community, the group reorganized and in 2006 The Oregon Tuna Classic was registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A committee of all volunteers was established to secure sponsorships and to effectively manage future events.