In a demonstration of its commitment to environmental conservation and community support, the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation (MCEC) enthusiastically co-sponsored the 2023 Billy Frank Jr. Classic.
This annual event, dedicated to the memory of Native American treaty rights activist Billy Frank Jr., took place at the Cedars at Dungeness golf course in Sequim, WA, on August 11. The tournament served as a fundraiser for Salmon Defense, a nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding salmon populations and their habitats.
MCEC’s collaboration with Tribes and tribal partners across the region culminated in the 2023 Billy Frank Jr. Classic raising an impressive $131,000 for the protection of Pacific Northwest salmon.
Bob Iyall, MCEC Chief Executive Officer, highlighted the organization’s keen interest in supporting this event.
“MCEC is always happy to be a major sponsor of the Billy Frank Jr. Classic,” Iyall said. “The event raises money to support efforts to protect Puget Sound Salmon and their habitat. We are happy to support the organization that continues the efforts started by Billy Frank Jr.”
Since 2005, Salmon Defense has held the Billy Frank Jr. Classic to raise awareness and raise money for the operational support to empower the organization to continue its mission to protect and defend Pacific Northwest salmon and salmon habitat.
MCEC’s continued sponsorship of the event aligns with some of its broader commitments.
“MCEC is committed to leading in economic, social, and environmental issues,” Iyall said. “We believe and encourage all to remember that economic development, social equity, and environmental stewardship must coexist. One cannot survive without the other.”
The collaboration between MCEC, the Nisqually Tribe, and Salmon Defense paints a vivid picture of unity and determination. By supporting the 2023 Billy Frank Jr. Classic, MCEC showcased its dedication to the protection of Pacific Northwest salmon, environmental conservation, cultural preservation, and a prosperous future for all.
The resonance of Billy Frank Jr.’s legacy continues to inspire meaningful actions and partnerships, reminding us that the path to progress is paved with collective effort and unwavering commitment.