STACK Continues Legacy of Giving Back, Hosting the 2021 Heroes of the Sea Salmon Derby

Reinstituting an annual tradition in Oregon, STACK hosts a celebration of community service and coastal stewardship.

The Heroes of the Sea Salmon Derby is a charity fishing tournament consisting of individually sponsored derby boats each outfitted with anglers, gear, and plenty of competitive spirit. The goal is to bring in the largest salmon yield in eight hours of fishing time, but the real winners are those in the local community.

Since 2018, STACK has been organizing this event as a benefit for the Pacific Northwest Chief Warrant Officers Association, a not-for-profit, community-based organization representing active duty, reservist, and retired Chief Warrant Officers of the U.S. Coast Guard since 1929.

Fun, Fishing, and Philanthropy

This year’s Heroes of the Sea Salmon Derby took place on August 12th and 13th at the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Oregon. In attendance were professionals representing the data center and construction industries as well as members of the armed forces.

The setting for the event couldn’t have been more ideal; the participants and onlookers gathered along the shore of the Columbia River in Oregon in anticipation of a fun-filled tournament which, in the end, resulted in donations totaling more than $235,000.

These donations will help further the Pacific Northwest Chief Warrant Officers Association (CWOA) causes, including:

  • Advocacy: The CWOA is one of only two Coast Guard-based associations represented by The Military Coalition, a group of 35 military, veterans, and uniformed services organizations representing the interests of the entire uniformed services community, including members’ families and survivors.
  • Educational Assistance: The CWOA provides opportunities for educational and career development for its members and their families. 
  • Legal Assistance: The CWOA supports its members with legal guidance. 

United through Shared Values

The U.S. Coast Guard and STACK have found common ground when it comes to how and why they improve the world.

The community development work being done by the Chief Warrant Officers Association aligns with STACK’s Culture Code and its desire to connect with and give back to communities where it operates.

Another common thread is the trans-Pacific subsea cable system, a collection of critical data conduits that serve as gateways to the Asia-Pacific region via Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, and other parts of southeast Asia.

STACK data centers rely on the trans-Pacific subsea cable system to ensure facility uptime and fast, consistent connectivity, and the U.S. Coast Guard serves a vital role in protecting the thousands of miles of submersed cabling STACK data centers depend on every day.

A ‘Thank You’ to All Involved

STACK is proud to join forces with the many organizations that made this event possible including our clients, partners, employees, the CWOA, event staff, U.S. Coast Guard, and our sponsors Holder Construction, Rosendin Electric, Modius, Caterpillar, IES Communications, SCScloud, Trace3, Morrison Hershfield, and Portland General Electric.

The Chief Warrant Officers Association plays a critical role in the community, and we’re humbled to be an ongoing supporter of their tireless efforts to give back, year after year.

We’re already getting excited for next year’s Heroes of the Sea Salmon Derby! 

Meghan Pearson is Director of Sales Operations at STACK INFRASTRUCTURE.