On the Rail holds Fishing for Freedom fundraisers – Muddy River News

Zach Brown knows the importance of Fishing for Freedom.

“My friend grew up he was in the military and he was injured in Afghanistan,” Brown said. “He goes there every year. You know, as soon as this one is over, he’ll already be looking forward and talking about next year.

Fishing for Freedom offers veterans the opportunity to fish for crappie, bass or catfish for free. Vets are paired with professional anglers, avid tournament anglers, fishing guides and local outdoor enthusiasts to fish the local waterways. This year, the event takes place on the weekend of June 3.

Brown himself served. A Marine from Camp Pendleton traveling to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He also runs the local Leathernecks Motorcycle Club. The band partnered with On the Rail Sports Bar and Grill to host an event to benefit Fishing for Freedom.

“Being all veterans, we sort of try to help veterans organizations and being locals we’ve seen what Fishing for Freedom has done for the community. We thought it would be nice to try to give back a little.

Scott Edlin, owner of On the Rail, jumped at the chance. “My dad, he served our country and I just think it’s a great cause.”

On May 28, the two organizations are hosting a poker race with all proceeds going to the local Fishing for Freedom chapter. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at On the Rail. There will be six stops with the last vehicle at 5:00 p.m. Additionally, attendees will be eligible for discounted entry to On the Rail’s Rockfest concert that night.

Brown knows how special an event like this is. “I can ride my bike whenever I want,” he said. “But given the opportunity to ride the bike with, you know, a handful of other Marines, that makes it 10 times better. I think that’s the community part, getting everyone together and doing something.

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