The Best Western Plus Lodge at River’s Edge was once again overjoyed to host the Stottlemyre Casting for the Cure Celebrity Fishing Classic in Orofino. The event was held Dec. 11-13, 2016.
This particular charity event was unique because it included nine Major League Baseball Players, both past and present.
Eight teams comprised of four fishermen and one MLB Celebrity hit the Clearwater River early Monday morning of that week to kick off two days of fishing to benefit the Stottlemyre Family Foundation’s “Pitching 4 A Cure.” The foundation is dedicated to the fight against cancer.
“Everyone was so polite and grateful for every little thing we did to make their visit comfortable…these guys are great, on the field and off,” reported Stephanie Deyo, Marketing Director of the Lodge.
The participants spent three nights at the hotel. Two of the nights were spent mingling at the hotel, and one night was spent exploring Orofino.
Here are some stats on the players who participated: Jeremy Afeldt: A former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants. His career highlights include being a four time world champion.
James Paxton: Currently a Major League pitcher for the Seattle Mariners.
Scott Brosius: A retired American Major League Baseball third baseman for the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees. His career highlights include being a three time world champion. He is currently the Seattle Mariners’ hitting coach.
Mike Hampton: A former pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, Huston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets. Hampton is a two-time MLB All-Star. He won five Silver Slugger Awards and a Gold Glove Award.
He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2000 National League Championship Series, and he pitched in the 2000 World Series for the Mets. He is currently the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen coach.
Carney Landsford: A former Oakland A's third baseman. His career highlights include being a two-time world champion.
Jack Howell: A former Major League Baseball third baseman who played for the California Angels, San Diego Padres, Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants, Anaheim Angels, and the Houston Astros. His career highlights include being the 1992 Central League MVP.
Todd Stottlemyre: A former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 15 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks. His career highlights include: two time World Series Champion (1992 and 1993).
Mel Stottlemyre, Jr.: A professional baseball coach and a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City Royals. He was pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009-2010 and is the current Seattle Mariners’ Pitching Coach.
Mel Stottlemyre, Sr.: is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and pitching coach. He played 11 years in the Major Leagues, all of them with the New York Yankees. After his playing career, Stottlemyre worked as pitching coach with the New York Mets, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners.
His career highlights include: five-time All-Star (1965, 1966, 1968-1970); five-time World Series Champion (1086, 1996, 1998-2000).
The other main event contributors included the fishing guides and their wives, Lisa Stottlemyre, Vicki Poffenburger, Jan Bullock, Heather Patton, and Tammy Miller. There were also several sponsors in attendance: Hop Valley Brewing, Edge Rods, Yakima Bait, Costa Sunglasses, Buck Knives, Booker Auction, and Anderson Signs.
The event also included a live auction called by Auctioneer Merle Booker from Booker Auction of Tri-Cities.
The Best Western PLUS Lodge at River’s Edge is hopeful that this event will return for its fourth consecutive year in 2017, possibly with an expanded team roster.
This year, due to contributions from thoughtful anglers and the players themselves, the group was able to raise over $20,000.
Every year the proceeds have gone to a deserving charity, but the 2016 event had a special twist that will benefit so many young lives of children who are at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“I lost my little brother to leukemia, so our foundation through the Casting 4 A Cure event, has joined with the Seattle Mariners to create a program for children who are suffering from cancer,” says Mel Stottlemyre Jr., the event’s organizer.
“We invite the children to attend a Mariners game and watch batting practice on the field. I will present the children with one of my game jerseys and a hat along with providing tickets for them and their families in my family’s section,” says Stottlemyre Jr.
“There is also a special red trunk at the hospital that I have filled with Mariner hats and game tickets. Children who have to come in for a spinal tap or chemo treatment will be able to make a choice from the trunk and hopefully go home with a positive spin on an otherwise brutal and painful day.,” says Stottlemyre Jr.
“Our wish is to provide a little happiness for each kid and their family members with the hopes that we can give them a moment away from the daily grind of fighting their dreadful disease,” says Stottlemyre Jr.
“We not only thank them for staying at the Lodge; we also thank them for visiting Orofino and spending some time visiting local businesses and tourist attractions,” said Tanna Zywina; Lodge Manager. “We hope they will return for years to come!”