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Submitted photoThe Rev. Joseph Trigg, left, presents a check to Ed Nicholson, a retired U.S. Navy captain who is the founder and vice chairman of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. They are standing next to the organization's van that was purchased with a grant from the Philip Graham Fund.
Ed Nicholson, founder and vice chairman of the board of trustees of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, accepted a $1,038 donation on May 3 from the Rev. Joseph Trigg, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in La Plata.
The donation to Project Healing Waters was raised during an April 1 violin recital to honor all veterans of foreign wars. Violinist Alexander Dean of performed several pieces during the evening which were composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Maurice Ravel, Tommaso Vitali, Eugene Ysaye, Jules Massenet and Max Bruch. Accompanying Dean on select numbers was his wife, Lori Dean, who played the piano, and Angela Garvey on the organ.
Dean recently retired from the U.S. Air Force after a more than 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force Band where he served as both principal second violin of the orchestra and music director of the Air Force Strolling Strings.
Prior to Dean's retirement, he spoke with Nicholson about an idea he had to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit organization. The violin recital was the first initiative to come from their conversations.
The Christ Episcopal Church of La Plata and its parishioners are committed to the performing arts and are supportive of organizations that enrich the lives of the citizens of the community, according to a Healing Waters press release. Christ Church previously held a dinner to raise funds and awareness for Project Healing Waters that raised thousands of dollars.
"We are most appreciative of Christ Church, its congregation and this community for its support and encouragement," said Ed Nicholson in a press release. "The money raised through donations, events and other efforts, helps improve the quality of life for those men and women who were injured or wounded while wearing the uniform of this nation."
Through fly fishing activities, including fly casting, fly tying, rod building and fly fishing outings, veterans learn to overcome their new challenges and are able to live a fuller, more productive life.
Improved motor skills, a healthier outlook on life and greater confidence are just a few benefits that many recovering warriors and disabled veterans have noticed as a result of their involvement in the program, Nicholson said.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is a nonprofit organization more than 100 programs in 38 states. In addition to community based fundraising activities, donations made directly to the organization or through the Combined Federal Campaign help pay program expenses.
PHWFF depends upon the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to give recovering warriors and veterans opportunities they need to heal physically and mentally. For additional information about giving and volunteer opportunities visit www.projecthealingwaters.org.