October 18, 1999
Washington Trout's Public Outreach Director Marilyn Tuohy (right) presents John Bidwell with his handbuilt wooden canoe, first prize in Washington Trout's 1999 fundraising raffle.
Photo courtesy of Washington Trout.
On September 22, Washington Trout awarded John Bidwell of Monroe first prize in its 1999 fundraising raffle: a 14-foot, handcrafted mahogany canoe, built by Fritz Gerds of Longview.
Bidwell purchased his raffle ticket last February at Washington Trout's display booth at the Seattle International Sportsmen's Exposition in the Kingdome.
Bidwell, a canoeing enthusiast, paid $5 for his single ticket, because he says he fell in love with the beautiful handcrafted boat. But he adds, "I never imagined I would win it. I just thought, 'wouldn't it be something if I did win,' and I wanted to help out a good cause."
"Needless to say," Bidwell said, "I was shocked and delighted when I got the call from Washington Trout."
Washington Trout is a non-profit conservation organization that works to protect and restore wild salmon and trout in Washington. Their headquarters have been located on Main Street in downtown Duvall since 1991. All the proceeds from the raffle go towards Washington Trout's wild fish preservation and recovery efforts.