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Healing Waters: The 9th Annual 2-Fly Tournament at Rose River Farms, VA

The 9th Annual 2-Fly Tournament will be held at beautiful Rose River Farms to support Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing April 25 & 26, 2015

Syria, Virginia

Injured and disabled veterans from across the country will gather in Syria, Virginia on April 25-26 to participate in the 9th Annual 2-Fly Tournament benefitting Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.

Lisa Mei Norton. Lisa is a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant turned political singer, songwriter and activist. She’s had a passion for music her entire life, performing in bands and choirs at school, at church and in military clubs while stationed overseas.

Lisa Mei Norton is a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant turned political singer, songwriter and activist. She’s had a passion for music her entire life, performing in bands and choirs at school, at church and in military clubs while stationed overseas. She is one of several ‘special’ guest stars.

The pre-tournament dinner starts at 5pm on Saturday night under the stars in picturesque Madison County, Virginia.  Bob Woodruff will serve as the keynote speaker for the dinner at Rose River Farm.  While reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces for ABC’s “World News Tonight,” on Jan. 29, 2006, Bob was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq.  In a miraculous recovery, just 13 months later, Bob returned to ABC News with “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” Since then, he has reported from around the globe on a variety of subjects. He was honored with a Peabody Award for his reporting on traumatic brain injury.  In his best-selling memoir, In an Instant, co-authored with his wife Lee, he shares stories about the fragility of life, the strength of family, and the bravery of those who helped save him. The Woodruff family established the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to raise money to assist injured service members, veterans and their families. Read more

Captain Eivind O. Forseth, US Army (ret) will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, introducing Woodruff and the three veteran participants who will share their journeys of recovery with fellow veterans, fly fishing professionals, volunteers, and supporters on Saturday night.  Capt. Forseth was severely wounded as a result of a blast from an Improvised Explosive Device in Mosul, Iraq in 2005.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds sustained in combat. He attributes PHWFF with helping him overcome his disability by learning to fly fish and tie flies adaptively. As he and his family will attest, PHWFF has been instrumental to his emotional and physical recovery. He now serves as the President of the PHWFF Veterans Advisory Council. Read more

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Bob Woodruff, Keynote Speaker for the event, joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network.

Current participants in the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program, and alumni, will also be on hand throughout the weekend to discuss the challenges facing today’s service members, both physical and emotional, and the impact PHWFF has had on their recovery and transition. Meet the Veteran Speakers: The 9th Annual 2-Fly Tournament

The tournament competition kicks off at 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning featuring PHWFF participants from across the nation.  Military/veteran participants will be partnered with a professional fly fishing guide from among the most notable names in the sport.

Meet the Participants                Meet the Guides

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Flip Pallot, Special Guest at the event, is best known for bringing us the Walkers Cay Chronicles, which aired for 16 seasons on ESPN, as a founder of Hell’s Bay Boatworks and as a founding member of The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust — among many other accomplishments . His keen sense for storytelling and bringing to life the best part of fishing adventures has continued with teaching instructional classes and writing books on Fly Fishing.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. The 2-Fly Tournament is the organization’s flagship event to raise awareness and funding for its 180 programs in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  More information can be found at www.projecthealingwaters.org

For complete details on the 2-Fly Tournament and featured guests click here

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