KENAI (AP) -- Last week's Kenai River Classic was the largest ever, and raised approximately $700,000 -- much of which will go toward habitat improvement and protection, organizers say.
A record number of dignitaries and volunteers participated in the invitation-only fishing tournament, said Kenai River Sportfishing Association Executive Director Brett Huber.
That included Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and senators from seven other states, a number of business executives, country music singer Janie Fricke, Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum and author Patrick McManus.
It costs $6,000 for a participant and one guest to enter.
The last six events provided nearly $2 million toward stream improvement and restoration, organizers said.
Huber said he expects the cost of this year's classic to be in the $200,000 to $250,000 range.
''That includes $30,000 to $35,000 to local bed and breakfasts, $30,000 to $35,000 to local river guides, and facility rental, and we use a local caterer,'' Huber told the Peninsula Clarion.
River Classic chairman Rik Bucy said he was pleased with the results of this year's event.
''We can now look forward to continuing our work with state and federal resource agencies, local governments and nonprofit agencies on behalf of the Kenai River we all love so much.''
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