The 6th annual Fishing for A Cause tournament, fundraiser and dinner raised $200,000 to benefit children and families of The Schwartz Center. The annual event featured more than 100 anglers and over 300 guests at the seaside dinner, making it once again the largest annual fundraiser for Meeting Street’s Dartmouth campus.  Fishing for a Cause has raised more than $800,000 in its history.

Fishermen and women hit the waters of Buzzards Bay on June 25th and 26th for a two-day catch and release tournament. Upon the culmination of the tournament participants enjoyed a seaside dinner emceed by comedian Lenny Clarke. The dinner celebrated tournament participants, dedicated supporters and the children and families that will benefit from the proceeds.

Brian Combra, of Newport, RI, took home the trophy for 1st place in the striped bass division in the 6th annual Fishing for a Cause event to benefit The Schwartz Center and Meeting Street. Combra donated his $2,500 winning check to Schwartz Center.

This year’s winning anglers were:

1st – Brian Combra: 49.00″ – Newport, RI
2nd – Jay Stoebel: 40.125″ – Derry, NH
3rd – Gene Connors 40.00″ – New Bedford, MA

1st – Rob Taylor: 32.00″ – Newport, RI
2nd – Rob Wood: 31.00″ – Tiverton, RI
3rd – Jim Mandly: 29.50″ – Providence, RI

Rob Taylor, of Newport, RI, took home the trophy for 1st place in the bluefish division in the 6th annual Fishing for a Cause event to benefit The Schwartz Center and Meeting Street.

1st – Jack Sprengel: 25.25 ” – Warwick, RI
2nd – Maria Tulloch: 24.00″ – New Bedford, MA
3rd – Pierre Messier: 20.00″ – Fall River, MA

For more information about this year’s event please visit or our Facebook page at

About Meeting Street /The Schwartz Center

Founded in 1946, Meeting Street compassionately and innovatively empowers children and their families to thrive by fostering the development of the whole child. Meeting Street’s vision is to be a national leader in child development, education, research and training. Today, Meeting Street works with more than 4,000 children and families annually through its core programs: Early Intervention, Early Head Start, Olneyville Initiative, Healthy Families America, The Early Learning Center, The Grace School, The Carter School in Rhode Island, and The Schwartz Center in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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