Welcoming Our Wounded Warriors Local families, Scouts in uniform, and high school Junior ROTC cadets lined West Lake Houston Parkway to cheer for the Wounded Warriors with flags and banners May 15. Police units led a procession down West Lake Houston Parkway and ladder fire trucks flying American flags lined the entrance to the Summerwood Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where the warriors had dinner. A crowd wrapped around the parking lot as community members, including Precinct 4 Lt. David Escobar (in navy uniform applauding) eagerly awaited the arrival of wounded warriors from around the country. As the warriors arrived they were greeted with handshakes and words of gratitude from those who welcomed them. Photo by Macie Harper Chick-fil-A of Lake Charles will host the first annual Big Trout Bonanza fishing tournament directed by Ron Castille Saturday, June 21, at Calcasieu Point Landing, 3955 Henry Pugh Rd. Proceeds from this tournament will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Owner/Operator David Griffin was searching for a positive event that would mirror the respect and admiration he holds for Americas Service Members. The chance to offer our regions Wounded Warriors a day on the water and the opportunity to raise funds to continue the critical work the Wounded Warrior Project conducts throughout our country were too good to pass up! It is my desire to make this an annual event that highlights the service and sacrifice of our brave military men and women and assists in their on-going rehabilitation and support. The bonanza is an open fishing tournament and each person in a boat must be a paid contestant. Each contestant is responsible for his own catch, and the fish must be caught in public waterways in the Calcasieu River System between 6 a.m.3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Legal permitted fishing areas are from the Saltwater Barrier south to the Cameron Jetties. Contestants may fish up to but not beyond 100 yards on the outside of the Cameron Jetties. Contestants may navigate through the Intercostal waterway to travel north and south but may not travel to the east or west in the Intercostal Waterway. Cash prizes will be awarded, with payouts ranging from $100 to $1000. Hourly weigh-ins begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.at Calcasieu Point Landing.Registration is $150 and will be available until June 19 at Cajun Tackle, 2640 Country Club Road. Late registration is $165 and will be at Calcasieu Point Landing on the day before and the day of the event. Contestants must have a valid Louisiana fishing license. Participants 16 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and pay a registration fee of $10. For those businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor a boat and/or fish with a Wounded Warrior, please contact the Chick-fil-A Marketing Director, Irene Vandever, at 337-244-0637 as soon as possible. For additional information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or like the event on Facebook.

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