September 27, 2000

LOPICCOLA CHARITY MARLIN TOURNAMENT SET FOR NOV. 2-4 IN CABO SAN LUCAS

The 13th annual “For Pete’s Sake…” Memorial Marlin Fishing Tournament is scheduled for November 2 to 4 in Cabo San Lucas. The tournament, sponsored by the Pete Lopiccola Memorial Foundation, has become the largest charity marlin tournament on the West Coast. Proceeds benefit the UCSD Cancer Center.

Pete Lopiccola was a popular sport fishing boat captain who had particular prowess in fishing blue marlin in the waters off Cabo San Lucas. Mr. Lopiccola developed leukemia and died within 45 days of his diagnosis. That was in 1988. Today, thanks to modern research advances, many patients survive their disease and go on to live normal, productive lives.

“This event brings together people with a love of fishing, philanthropy and fun,” said Charles Faith, Chairman of the Pete Lopiccola Memorial Foundation, which created and runs the tournament. “We’re pleased that, through this event, we are able to support the important work under way at UCSD Cancer Center.”

In the last nine years, the “For Pete’s Sake” tournament has raised nearly $750,000 to benefit cancer programs at UCSD Cancer Center. Last year’s tournament, which alone provided $120,000, was led by Tournament Director John Nonzeta, Foundation Chairman Charles Faith, President Lindsey Cerney, and Vice President Terri Brodeau.

After two days of fishing the marlin-packed waters of Cabo San Lucas, anglers, family members and friends will attend the lavish tournament awards banquet, and a live auction with emcee Martin Milner from Radio 690-AM’s popular show “Let’s Talk Hook-Up.”

Entry fees for the 2000 event are $350 in advance, and $400 for walk-in registration. Event headquarters are at the Hotel Hacienda Beach Resort, which is hosting the tournament for the eighth year.

For more information about the event, contact Terri Brodeau at (619) 475-4636 or ForPeteSake@att.net.  Check out their Web site at www.PeteSake.com for more information about tournament or volunteer opportunities.

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The UCSD Cancer Center is one of 13 federally designated Clinical Cancer Centers in the United States.  As such, it is considered one of the nation's premier centers for both basic and clinical research, and for the most advanced conventional and investigational treatments for cancer patients.

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