Close to 350 supporters and fishing industry members gathered to attend the annual Hookers Ball on Aug. 6 at the Chatham VFW where about $285,000 was raised for Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance. It was the Alliance’s first full-scale Hookers Ball in two years, due to restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fishermen’s Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for the Cape’s small-boat fishermen and a healthy ocean, was launched in 1991 by fishermen.
Attendees enjoyed local seafood, including scallops and haddock, as well as clams and oysters. “Aboat Time” raised funds for mission-driven programming including Fishermen Training, the Pier Host Program and Small Boats, Big Taste which supports commercial fishermen and food banks across the state.
“The Cape’s unique culture was forged on our working waterfronts and on the boats of our fishermen,” said John Pappalardo, CEO of the Fishermen’s Alliance. “With your help we want to ensure the Fishermen’s Alliance can continue the important work of advocating for local fishermen, our marine environment and the interests of our Cape community for another 30 years.”
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