Shriners Fishing TournamentUnited Tool and Fastener (UTF) will sponsor the 14th annual Shrine Sportsman Fishing Tournament in Matagorda Harbor, Texas, on June 23, 2018, which supports the local Houston/Galveston Shriners hospitals.

The annual Shrine Sportsman Fishing Tournament is an event put on by the Houston/Galveston branch of the Shriners, whose primary purpose is to support the 22 hospitals that make up the Shriners Hospitals International. The hospitals provide free expert medical care to children from all over the world.

According to the Arabia Sportsman website, “the Arabia Sportsman Unit was created for the Shrine members who have a passion for the outdoors-especially fishing and hunting.”

United Tool and Fastener has been a part of this annual fishing tournament nearly from its beginning.

“UTF has been very involved in the tournament for many years,” Arabia Shrine Sportsman Vice President, and United Tool and Fastener’s Vice President of Marketing, John Calhoun, said.

“It’s very important to UTF to be a part of the community and make an impact.”

Proceeds from the tournament go to providing for the needs of the local Galveston and Houston Shriner hospitals.

 Each year the club asks the hospital what it’s needs are and then provides for some of those needs.

“This year, the hospitals are asking for vans to transport patients and family members, so that is what we will give them. Last year, we donated two vans in Galveston,” Calhoun explained.

The special fishing tournament enables various groups to come together in their love of sport and help the Shriners in their mission.

“This tournament combines our love of fishing, brings together the construction community, and supports those children in need in the greater Houston area.”

The Shriners hospital in Galveston caters to children with burns while the hospital in Houston caters to patients with orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases, as well as cleft lip and palate abnormalities.