August 19, 2002

15TH Annual Lopiccola Marlin Tournament
To Benefit Moores UCSD Cancer Center

The 15th annual "For Pete's Sake" Pete Lopiccola Memorial Marlin Tournament will be held October 10 through 12 at the Hacienda Beach Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Proceeds of the tournament, in which 100 percent of all billfish are released, benefit the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

This year the event is also an approved qualifying tournament for the Rolex International Game Fish Association Offshore Championship. The top team will be invited to the Rolex Invitational Marlin Tournament, slated for June 2003.

The "For Pete's Sake" tournament was founded in honor of Pete Lopiccola, a boat captain and avid fisherman who lost his life to leukemia in 1988, just two days before his 30th birthday. The event, which has become the largest and most successful charity marlin tournament on the West Coast, raises money to support cancer research. Over the past 11 years, the Pete Lopiccola Cancer Research Foundation has donated $970,500 to the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

"We're looking forward to exceeding the million-dollar milestone this year," said tournament organizer Chuck Faith.

The foundation also contributes a portion of the proceeds to help children in Cabo San Lucas who have medical needs.

The entry fee is $400 per angler. A $50 discount will be given to entries received by September 1. Late entry fee at registration is $450. Fees include the Saturday night awards banquet and a "For Pete's Sake" gift bag.

For further information about the event, contact Terri Brodeau at (619) 475-4636 or via e-mail at, or visit the event website at

The Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center is one of just 40 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.  As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs. 

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