Prizes Awarded for the Peace King Cup Fishing Tournament
The Annual Peace King Cup Fishing Tournament concluded on Friday, May 15, 2015 after eight days of great catches. The awards ceremony for the winners was held on Saturday, May 16 at the Clifton Family Church in New Jersey. Over 75 people attended to celebrate True Parents’ 55th Holy Wedding Anniversary and a week of fishing along the Hudson River.
The grand prize of $3,000 and a trophy was awarded to Mr. Jin Hyung Kim, whose bass measured 45 inches and 28.5 pounds. In second, third, fourth and fifth places were Kevin Sato, (39″ and 24.9lbs), Hideo Maldonado, (38.5” and 22lbs), Koshiro Kawasaki (38.5’ and 21.5lbs) and Yosuke Mizuguchi (38” and 19.2lbs).
The awards ceremony started with a delicious sushi luncheon by chefs Kenritsu Sato and Wataru Takebata. Emcee Naria McGee gave a brief introduction on the tournament. Continental Chair of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) Dr. Ki Hoon Kim gave the keynote speech, sharing his experience in the fishing tournament and its deep meaning. He gave away the awards, together with FFWPU USA President, Dr. Michael Balcomb. Dr. Balcomb gave the congratulatory message to the winners as well as to all the participants.
In recent years, the Peace King Cup Fishing Tournament has been gaining a lot of popularity, especially among young Unificationists who want to experience this exciting tradition True Parents have initiated. Credit for keeping this tradition alive goes to the National Ocean Church leader, Mr. Kensaku Takahashi. His tireless efforts make this annual tournament happens year after year.
Tournament participants and organizers extend a special thanks to Mr. Takeshi Yashiro, President of Ocean Providence LLC, and Takashi Takenaka, President of Pacific Food Inc., for sponsoring the Tournament.
Thanks for a wonderful week of fishing, and see you next year!