Smiles and Salmon Abound at 5th Annual Kenai River Women’s Classic

September 11, 2012

Contact: Ricky Gease, KRSA (907) 262-8588 or 398-2260 cell

Kathy Day, KD/PR Virtual (907) 868-4884 or 229-2470 cell


Smiles and Salmon Abound at 5th Annual Kenai River Women’s Classic

Soldotna – Sixty-eight of Alaska’s top business leaders cashed in on good weather and silver salmon fishing at the 2012 Kenai River Women’s Classic, Sept. 6 – 8. Plenty of pinks and silvers were online for anglers during the annual fundraising fishing event, which is organized by Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA). Proceeds from participant fees, sponsorships and a live and silent auction go to KRSA’s fishery conservation programs and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Camp $tartup Scholarship Program. The Chamber’s Athena Society provides scholarship funding for young Alaskan women who aspire to own their own companies someday to attend an entrepreneurial skills camp each summer.

“This year’s Women’s Classic was a huge success on every level,” said Kenai River Women’s Classic Chair Kristin Mellinger. “The fishing was great, the weather was cooperative and we successfully raised some money for the Kenai River.”

The winning silver weighed in at 13.2 pounds, caught by Tara Sweeney of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Second place was captured by Terri Good of Premera Blue Cross of Alaska at 10.9 pounds and coming in third place at 10.8 pounds was Kara Moriarty of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.

Participants in the women’s fishing, networking and fundraising event enjoyed two sun-filled mornings of silver salmon fishing with professional guides. They also attended a kick-off, riverside barbecue, and a dinner and auction at the Challenger Learning Center that featured a three-member panel discussion on leadership, mentoring and management skills. Speakers included Linda Leary, President of Carlile Transportation Systems, Corina Eckl, Director of the Fiscal Affairs Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures, and Marilyn Romano, Regional Vice President at Alaska Airlines. Participants also opted to take a tour of river restoration projects, learn new salmon recipes with Bunny Swan Gease, take part in the shooting sports at the gun range, go to the spa or fish longer on Friday afternoon.

Sponsors of the 2012 Kenai River Women’s Classic include title sponsor GCI, and event sponsors ConocoPhillips, Premera Blue Cross of Alaska and the Pebble Partnership. KTUU Meteorologist Jackie Purcell was the event emcee for the fifth year. Dozens of volunteers and businesses from the Kenai Soldotna area donated their time or products and services to make the event a success.

Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) is a non-profit, membership-based educational and conservation organization of sport anglers, conservationists and others whose primary goal is to preserve and improve salmon habitat while promoting responsible sportfishing on the Kenai River. Learn more at

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