Striped Bass Tournament to Benefit Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester


Striped bass tournament to benefit Open Door food pantry in Gloucester

Tournament, now its eighth year, has raised $30,000 to fight North Shore hunger

Tickets are now on sale at Winchester Fishing for a striped bass fishing tournament to benefit the Open Door food pantry in Gloucester.

The Leo Almeida Memorial North Shore Striped Bass Tournament is celebrating its eighth year this Labor Day weekend. It is the only tournament that combines the North Shore’s fishing heritage with the fight against hunger on Cape Ann and in other local communities.

The tournament will be held this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-6. Prizes up to $500 will be awarded in various categories, including boat, shore/surf and for youth 15 and under.  A raffle of dozens of prizes will also be held. Those who wish to donate to the pantries without fishing can enter and will also be eligible to win raffle prizes.

Entry fee is $15. Tickets are available at Winchester Fishing in Gloucester. Ticket sales end this Friday, Sept. 3.

The Open Door on Emerson Avenue has been feeding local residents for over 25 years. The tournament will also benefit the People to People Food Pantry in Danvers and Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury.

Leo Almeida was a lifelong North Shore resident whose commitment to public service was matched by his love of fishing. He died in 2003, shortly before the first North Shore Striped Bass Tournament that he organized. In the past seven years, the tournament has raised over $30,000 for food pantries in Gloucester, Danvers and Amesbury. More than 800 people have participated since the tournament began.

To enter or for more information, see  or call Tournament Chairwoman Amy Almeida at (617) 501-1659.

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