Sometimes the fun lies in saying, “It’s time to go fishing!”
For 33 years, Jim, Rick and Sue Fuhr have been keeping their father’s name alive through the Dick Fuhr Memorial Fishing Tournament. The tournament hasn't just brought industry members together for a day of fun, but also connects the world of fishing with research and education - one angler at a time. Whether it's for the love of fishing, spending time with industry friends and family, or being committed to furthering NHF's mission, those who take part each year are helping to make a big difference.
"The National Horticulture Foundation would like to thank the Dick Fuhr Memorial Fishing Tournament for the continued support of the Foundation’s effort," Linda Reindl, NHF's executive director said of the event. "More than 112 industry friends chartered boats and positioned their fishing poles for the big catch."
The annual event took place on June 2.
The annual proceeds from the tournament have helped raise the Dick Fuhr Memorial Fishing Tournament’s endowment to the Gold Builder Level with $183,250.00 under its name, Reindl said.
These days, many may not know Dick Fuhr was most notably remembered for his instrumental role in the production of Lerio pots. In the 1960’s, egg can containers were used in most greenhouse productions. With the help and persuasion of Dick, the metal containers were developed and mass produced. The metal containers were then converted into the plastic-style pots which are widely used today.
"Dick built his business with strong business ethics. “Customer Supreme” were the words not only spoken but a philosophy he ran his business with," Reindl said. "Whether you were a friend, associate or business acquaintance, you were always treated the same."
Even 48 years later, Fuhr's children continue to practice the same ethics as their father. Through freezes, depressions and other economic hardships, Universal Enterprise Supply Corp. has been there to share knowledge, expertise and service to the industry.
"NHF thanks Dick for setting the great example and his sons for carrying it on," Reindl said.