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May 19, 2014 - 08:00pm
All of us here at American Disposal and Recycling are
committed to supporting the men and women who dedicate, risk and sacrifice
their lives to protect the liberties that make America truly the land of the
free and the home of the brave.
This year, we were able to contribute to that cause and say ‘Thank You’ to some of those inspiring individuals.
The Dave Harris Memorial Billfish Tournament, an annual charity billfishing tournament, partnered with Wounded Warriors in Action, a national non-profit organization dedicated to serving our nation's combat wounded, Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities. American was proud to do our part in sponsoring the event.
The tournament was started in the 80s as a family trip for the Harris family, which grew incrementally over the years to include friends and members of the community.
Formerly known as the “Cinco de Mayo Billfish Tournament”; the Harris family changed the name in 2008 after they lost their beloved brother, Dave Harris, to melanoma and renamed the tournament to honor his memory.
Organizers of The Dave Harris Memorial Billfish Tournament reached out to Wounded Warriors in Action, who normally only facilitates 40 outings per year. They gladly agreed to make it 41 this year to accommodate the tournament, so these brave veterans could have the chance to take part in the exciting event.
The veterans in attendance this year included Justin Constantine, who was shot in the head by a sniper while on a combat patrol in Iraq; Gabe Martinez, who lost both legs after stepping on an IED on his 2nd deployment in Afghanistan; Arthur Rizer, who suffered a traumatic brain injury from an IED explosion while embedded with Iraqi Special Forces and Raymond Kusch, who lost his left leg to an IED. Raymond is still recovering at Walter Reed in Bethesda.