First-Annual Bantam Lake Ice Fishing Contest for Veterans!

Please note that the Event is cancelled because of unsafe ice condition

Honoring our Military & First Responders, to benefit Disabled American Veterans Stamford Chapter 13 “Operation Gift Cards”

Hosted By HALLOWEEN YACHT CLUB, 10 Seaview Avenue Stamford, CT 06902

Hooks for Heroes, Connecticut (H4HCT) is happy to announce this first-annual ice fishing contest for veterans and more at the Litchfield Town Beach, Bantam Lake, North Shore Road, Litchfield, CT.

All veterans attend for free. Fishing gear will be supplied to disabled Veterans and Purple Heart recipients with proper ID.

Civilian anglers are welcome and are requested to supply their own gear and donate to H4HCT to defray the costs of this event and support our Veterans at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Maryland and Ft. Belvoir (Alexander T. Augusta Military Medical Center).

This event is sponsored by the Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club and is supported by the American Legion Post #27 (Litchfield, CT), and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Chapter 13’s “Operation Gift Card” program.

Sign up by Monday, January 30, 2024 by clicking the link below

Need more info? Call or email Pat Buzzeo at (203) 559-5205 or [email protected]

Make checks payable to: Hooks for Heroes CT, 10 Seaview Ave., Stamford, CT 06902 THANK YOU!

Hooks for Heroes CT is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID 86-2355665

The Hooks for Heroes CT Program

Day 1—Wounded and injured troops and their caregivers arrive at HYC (10 Seaview Avenue, Stamford, CT) and are welcomed at a dinner in their honor. They are then assigned donated hotel rooms and are transported to heir hotels by DAV vans.
Day 2—DAV vans pick up the Veterans and their caregivers at  various hotels and bring them to breakfast at the HYC. They are then transported to Manhattan where they will be met by the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey and escorted (with lights and sirens) to honor our fallen on 9/11. Our veterans will visit the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the One World Trade Center Observatory and will be treated to lunch overlooking the skyline of Manhattan. Later that evening, they will return to the HYC to enjoy a buffet dinner and meet their assigned boat captains and other  veterans from Stamford and all parts of Connecticut, along with First Responders.
Day 3—The day begins with breakfast at 5:15 a.m. at HYC followed by fishing from 6:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for all participants and local anglers wishing to support our Veterans and First Responders. A military ceremony will commence at 1:00 p.m. followed by a cookout/buffet, musical entertainment, a giant raffle, a “fly over” by a Vietnam-area helicopter (and other aircraft if available), and a showcase of military-vintage vehicles. Visitors will include the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Guard-Stamford, Darien and Greenwich Marine Police  Fireboats, Special Services SWAT, Bomb Squad Vehicles, Stamford Fire Dept. Vehicles—all for review— and much more!