Lend a Helping Can is back for its 31st year. And it auctioned off a trip with the one and only Captain Dave Marciano from Wicked Tuna in an effort to curb hunger in New England.
Every year, the non-profit organization called Lend a Helping Can works with businesses and celebrities around the country to raise money for over a dozen New England charities that feed the needy and homeless.
Since its inception, the organization has raised over $1.6 million. And last year alone, it brought in $268,000, which was a record for the charity.
Lend a Helping Can raises money with the help of Rock 101’s Greg and the Morning Buzz. Greg and his team host radio-a-thon’s, tournaments, weekly auctions, and more.
Marciano will give November 9th’s six lucky winners a nine-hour charter on his new tuna boat, Falcon. During the trip, the famous captain will let the passengers choose between a cod and haddock hunt or a full tuna fishing experience. And, Marciano will throw in all the needed fishing equipment.
Proceeds from the auction will go to organizations such as New Hampshire Food Bank, The Salvation Army of Manchester, Portsmouth, and Central Vermont.
‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Dave Marciano Recounted a Cherished Memory of Fishing with Son Joe
At a very young age, Captain Dave Marciano’s son Joe learned why fishing is a thrill.
When Joe Marciano was a little boy, he and his dad Dave went out of the water for a little father son bonding trip. At first, the guys weren’t having any luck. But by the end of the day, things turned around.
“It was about 10 years ago, and Joe and I were out fishing,” Captain Marciano told Points East. “Joe was young and small and had to flip over a fish tote and stand on it to reach the reel. We had been marking fish for hours, and chumming – we must have used up 150 pounds of chum – but we couldn’t get anything to take a hook.”
As most fishing enthusiests know, a little patience can take you far. And in Joe’s case, it made him ten grand richer.
“Joe was using jigs and put on a little pollack. He said, ‘That’s gonna get ’em. The next thing I knew, the rod was bent. Joe had hooked up this monster. It was a 1,200-pound fish, and it brought in ten grand. It’s something the two of us will always have as a memory together. And even if we’d got nothing for the fish, it would still be a highlight of my career as a fisherman to have that experience with my son.”