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Darren Cardinal Memorial Dinner


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The Darren Cardinal

Memorial Reef

Fund Raising Dinner

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Friday October 15th, 2010

at the

Don Bosco Knights of Columbus in Port Reading, NJ at 6:30pm. 

This is the first event dedicated to raising the $25,000 we need to fund the reef in the honor of Darren Cardinal. Our goal is to have the money in hand by the end of the year to allow the reef to be installed in the 2011 schedule of the DEP.

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Celebrity chef Jacques Torres will be our celebrity chef.

Chef Torres is widely known as

"Mr. Chocolate."

There will be auctions, and entertainment. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

For more information click on the following link and choose "Ralph Roth" on the form provided. - Contact Us!

For Tickets to the event click on the following link for easy and secure payments using PayPal or any major credit card.


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The Dinner For Darren:

A fantastic four course dinner with wine will be prepared for you by the renowned celebrity chef, TV personality and cookbook author, Jacques Torres ( a.k.a. Mr. Chocolate) Jacques has generously offered to donate his time and talent to help us raise $25,000 to place an artificial reef off the N./J. coast in memory of our good friend and fellow fisherman, Darren Cardinal.

Entertainment/ Tricky Trays/Auctions

6:30 pm Friday, October 15th, 2010

Don Bosco Knights of Columbus

290 Old Road, Port reading, NJ 07046

Reserve Your Seat Today!

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An advance donation of $75 per person secures your seat.   Tables are available for groups of eight people. A dinner prepared by Chef Jacques Torres and his team at this bargain price will sell out fast! Act now to ensure your place!

Contact   Capt. Ralph Roth 732-512-8827 or Skip Wisniewski 201-214-9873


Checks payable to   "HRFA - Darren Cardinal Reef Fund"

Mail checks for tickets to Skip Wisniewski, Treasurer, PO Box 421, Cresskill, NJ  07626



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August 9, 2009  -  HRFA Director Darren Cardinal Passes

The HRFA has lost one of its greatest members and benefactors.  HRFA Director and Youth Angler Chairman and Youth Scholarship Chairman, Darren Cardinal died in his sleep on Sunday August 9, 2009.  Darren was a gentle giant among the HRFA members.  He was always present to help out with an HRFA event or task.  Several years ago Darren changed everything for the HRFA Youth Angler Program. He eventually became the head of our Youth Angler Program and made it the wonderful program that it is.  His generous donations and dedications to the cause will be sorely missed. 

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I first noticed Darren’s presence to the HRFA a number of years ago when his name started appearing on the list of categories for the HRFA Annual Fishing Contest. Who was this guy “Darren Cardinal” and how come he has the time to go and fish all these exotic locations??  And…how come he does so well?  It seemed every category was being led by his name. 

At several HRFA Awards Dinners it seemed as if Darren’s name was at the top of every species of categories we were handing out.  In 2002 he won so many categories he won the HRFA coveted title of “HRFA Angler of the Year.”    There was no question as to who would win that prize as Darren had won just about every category!  It had become the Darren Cardinal Fishing Contest! He still holds the club record for the largest Striped Bass Released at 53 inches.  Inshore, offshore, local streams and tiny ponds to raging rivers, he fished them all and excelled in angling wherever he traveled.

It turns out that Darren had a passion and skill for sport fishing long before he came to the HRFA. His skills as an angler were well documented. We were just fortunate that he had passed by our way on his journey though life.

Darren had set himself up financially in his life and was now dedicating a lot of time towards his passion of fishing. The HRFA and specifically the HRFA Youth Angler Program was the benefactor of that passion.

Rest in peace, Darren Cardinal.