Because of the generosity of the participants in the PFC Geoffrey Morris Memorial Governors Cup Fishing Tournament, patrons of Hillside Food Pantry will feast on freshly caught salmon and trout. As scores of professional and amateur fishermen brought in their catches to be weighed, they were given the opportunity to donate their fish to Hillside Food Pantry. Volunteers stood by to clean and fillet the donated fish, then pack them on ice in coolers for transport to the pantry, where more volunteers bagged the fish for distribution.

Getting the fish from North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor to the Pantry in Evanston required 3,500 pounds of ice and freezers to store it in for the 3-day tournament.  “Our partnership with the tournament organizers and Hunger Resource Network, who provided the freezer rentals and ice through a significant discount from Lang Ice, is a great example of how creative collaborations can do a world of good,” said Maiya Lueptow, Director of Hillside Food Pantry.

Kirk Morris started the tournament in 2005 in memory of his 19 year-old son Geoffrey, a Marine who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004, who loved fishing tournaments with his dad.  The tournament raises funds to assist military families who face economic hardship when their servicemen and servicewomen are on active duty. This is the third year tournament participants have donated their catches to Hillside Food Pantry, which was launched as a ministry of Hillside Church in May 2005 and serves an average of 2,000 families a month.