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Miss California Rodeo Salinas to Fish with Veterans

Monterey Bay Veterans Salmon Derby is Saturday April 25th

Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2014, Jynel Gularte, will take a hiatus from what she normally does to promote the California Rodeo Salinas at other rodeos and parades on April 25th and instead will do something unique as part of the Wrangler National Patriot Program. Jynel will participate in the Monterey Bay Veteran’s (MBV) annual salmon derby. Hundreds of disabled Veterans and Wounded Troops from around the state will board several party boats and dozens of private vessels for a day of salmon fishing on Monterey Bay. The boats launch at 6am on April 25th from the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey at 32 Cannery Row at Foam Street. In addition to a day of fishing, participants are provided three meals during the event: a welcoming dinner on Friday April 24th, then a light breakfast and awards banquet luncheon on Saturday April 25th, where prizes are distributed.

The California Rodeo Salinas participates annually in the Wrangler National Patriot Program, a program created to provide funding and support for America’s wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. This nation-wide program allows rodeo committees to choose a local charity to raise awareness and funds for; that charity here is the Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc.

Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc. offers sports rehabilitation therapy for Veterans and Wounded Troops. Their mission statement reads: Monterey Bay Veterans Inc. (MBV) is a volunteer based, non-profit organization which exists to honor and support those who have served and sacrificed for our nation. Ultimately, integration of the physically challenged community into normal daily activities and recreation is the core of MBV’s mission. MBV uses a wide variety of marine and land based services and activities to focus on possibilities and potential. This is accomplished by accommodating and challenging physical limitations and reducing emotional stress through social integration.

MBV’s Executive Director, John Whitacre, says that fishing is the great equalizer. Their fishing programs allow Veterans who are adjusting to their life with injuries or other challenges to feel normal and to do something that they most likely did before their military service. Beyond fishing, the Monterey Bay Veterans has added a dive program including a highly modified and customized dive boat, the only one of its kind in the world, which allows someone with such extensive injuries as a quad amputee to scuba dive safely and comfortably.

To sponsor a Veteran in the 2015 MBV Salmon Derby with a $200 donation, please go to

To learn more about the Monterey Bay Veterans visit


 To learn more about the Wrangler National Patriot program visit


To coordinate media coverage of the event(s), please contact Mandy Linquist at or John Whitacre at


About the California Rodeo

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 16-19, 2015. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns between $200,000 and $300,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. 'Like' the California Rodeo on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.





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