The Wes Strong Foundation is hosting a croaker tournament at the Dare Marina Saturday.
“It was a family tradition to go fishing on the Eastern Shore a lot,” said Krista Pak, founder of The Wes Strong Foundation, a nonprofit which helps local children with cancer and their families.
Pak’s son, Wes, died from neuroblastoma in November 2018. He was 12 years old.
Pak said the foundation decided to host a croaker tournament to share her son’s legacy and thought it was something the community would enjoy doing.
The tournament is a family friendly event with all-you-can-eat and drink and includes a bounce house, raffles and a DJ.
First place winner gets $1,000 and a pair of Miliani sunglasses. Second place gets $500 and third place gets $250.
Proceeds of the tournament will go to the Wes Strong Foundation. Programs the foundation provide include “second chance wishes” for those who are in remission and hosting community cleanups inspired by Wes.
“His dream was to become a marine biologist,” Pak said, adding her son felt sharks got a “bad rap”. “He just wanted to protect all of the animals in the ocean.”
The Wes Strong Charity Croaker Tournament is Saturday at the Dare Marina, 821 Railway Road, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to register is Aug. 16.