The following press release is courtesy of the Golden Gate Salmon Association:
San Francisco — The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) will host its 9th Annual Sonoma County Dinner at the Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Ave. in Santa Rosa on April 12. Doors open at 5:30pm. It will be a great night featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, and silent and open auctions. Everyone will get chances to win quality raffle and door prizes such as Seeker rods, Costa sunglasses, Patagonia gear, a YETI cooler filled with tackle, plus much more!
This dinner is the opportunity to support and raise funds for GGSA while comparing fish stories with folks we share the water. We’ll toast the next morning when sport anglers get a chance to catch that first California king salmon of the year on opening day of salmon season in northern parts of the state.
“We’re expecting a good salmon season this year so if you have any plans to buy gear or a trip, save your money and come to this dinner because there will be great deals on both, and you’ll be supporting healthy future salmon runs,” said dinner chairman Mike Aughney.
“We’ve been working for months to get the best raffle and auction prizes and all of our fellow fishermen and women to come. You’ll want to be there too,” said GGSA event planner Cat Kaiser.
Tickets are limited and are available by calling 855-251-GGSA (4472) or by visiting www.goldengatesalmon.org.com Tickets are $85 per person, and will NOT be sold at the door.
Table Sponsor packages are $850 and include reserved VIP seating for eight and $160 worth of raffle tickets, or $935 for reserved seating for ten with $200 worth of raffle tickets
Auction lots include: top of the line outdoor gear, fishing trips from your favorite local charter boat captains, guided fly fishing adventures, ladies gift sets and several vacation packages- including a salmon fishing getaway to the Queen Charlotte Lodge in Canada, wine lots, rock n roll memorabilia, and other fun items.
This year’s sponsors include: North Coast Brewing and Queen Charlotte Lodge.
GGSA’s mission is to restore California salmon for their economic, recreational, commercial, environmental, cultural and health values. GGSA serves the sport and commercial anglers, businesses, conservationists and foodies that rely on salmon as a long-term, nutritious, sustainable resource.
Currently, California’s salmon industry is valued at $1.4 billion in annual economic activity in a normal season. The industry employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon. This is a huge economic bloc made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen (fresh and salt water), fish processors, marinas, coastal communities, equipment manufacturers, tackle shops and marine stores, the hotel and food industry, tribes, and the salmon fishing industry at large. Salmon are the keystone species that reflect the health of both their fresh and salt water environment.