White Sulphur Springs, WV
(March 7, 2014) - The Greenbrier, world-renowned for its trout fishing, hosted seven veterans from all over West Virginia at its first Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) event.
The national program has been helping veterans in need for almost 10 years teaching them fly-fishing skills, including tying flies and building rods in addition to fishing. Jacob Ott, Director of Outdoor Pursuits at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, extended the invitation to the PHWFF team who were thrilled with the opportunity to fish in Howard's Creek at The Greenbrier.
"Our current project for the veterans was to have them build their own fly rod. The excitement was to have them finish their rods in time for this event and test out their rods. The achievement of building their rods with their own hands and bringing them to fish at The Greenbrier goes a long way--landing that one big trout can heal big wounds," commented Paul Moore, WV Regional Coordinator for PHWFF.
"It was great to have all the guys from Project Healing Waters here. They really toughed it out when we had single-digit morning temperatures and lots of snow on the ground; they still went out and caught some really great fish, including a 24-inch Rainbow, the largest catch over the two days. We were all honored to host this event and give back to veterans who've served our country," said Jacob Ott.
The Greenbrier Sporting Club extends special thanks to: Craig Miller with Serenity Now Outfitters for generously donating a gift bag; Arlene and Mark Comora for their monetary donation; and Craig and Annhorner Truitt for their monetary donation and their time volunteering at the event.
For more information on Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, please visit www.projecthealingwaters.org
About The Greenbrier
Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses more than 10,000 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup event, and will soon launch The Greenbrier Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds.
About The Greenbrier Sporting Club
The Greenbrier Sporting Club, a private residential sporting community, is the pinnacle of luxury real estate in West Virginia, offering exclusive homesites from $300,000 and homes from $1 million within distinctive neighborhoods set across the 10,000-acre estate of The Greenbrier, an award-winning resort in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains. Sporting Club Members enjoy access to an array of private amenities including two members' lodges, outdoor pools, award-winning golf at The Snead - an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Eastern-inspired spa (Ananda in the Alleghenies), full-service equestrian center, private access to miles of trout stream, sports complex with indoor squash courts and a 25-foot climbing wall. Members also indulge in exclusive mountaintop amenities at Greenbrier Summit Village and so much more. Home ownership at The Greenbrier Sporting Club also means complete access to more than 50 amenities and activities at The Greenbrier resort, including three championship golf courses, The Old White TPC, The Greenbrier and The Meadows.
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