I Support The Oregon Tuna Classic - The Oregon Food Bank, Z-Man Foundation, Alpenrose Velodrome; I am a Portland Bicycle Attorney and proud continued contributing sponsor of the BTA (Bicycle Transportation Alliance), OBRA (Oregon Bicycle Racing , and main cash sponsor of the bicycleattorney.com/racing team
Z-man August 2012
I donated a couple of fishing trips and raised a few thousand dollars for the Z-Man foundation. Mark was an excellent guy who met a tragic death.
History of the Oregon Tuna Classic, and Mission to "Reel in hunger"
Today, The Oregon Tuna Classic is a well-established charitable tournament on the West Coast. Since 2005, 120,000 pounds of tuna and $148,000 dollars have been donated to the Oregon Food Bank. The OTC's donations have helped the Oregon Food Bank purchase six pounds of food for every dollar donated, equivalent to a contribution weight of over 888,000 pounds.
In 2010, Bill Monroe of The Oregonian wrote an article about the event while riding along on my boat:
August 6, 2010
[...] We were team No. 57 in Saturday's field and ended the day with 57 tuna, sixth in the event. The Classic weighs each boat's top five fish. Nearly 6,000 pounds of tuna and thousands of dollars were donated to local food banks from the Ilwaco tournament as the Oregon Tuna Classic heads for its third leg Saturday at Charleston.
Track the summer's uniquely Northwest event online at oregontunaclassic.org.
Colbach, circumspect about his team's results, has never been rabidly competitive, opting instead for simply participating and donating to the cause.
"That's the beauty of this thing," he said. "You can catch five fish and win or 57 and lose ... but still everyone wins." [...]