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Norwich University Fins & Feathers

Mission Statement: The Norwich University Fins & Feathers was informally established with a single boat in 2014 by several alumni with a passion for fishing. Now it has grown into a multiple event and multi-region sportsman’s gathering that encourages participants to foster an appreciation for friendship, camaraderie, and our Norwich Values.

Events have been defined as Fins (fishing gatherings) or Feathers (hunts). It provides a gathering alternative for friends of Norwich that do not golf.

All proceed from Fins & Feathers events go to the area of greatest need at Norwich University. 

Founders:
Dan Evans ‘87
Jim Gikas ‘86
Vinnie McDermott ‘90
Hugh McLaughlin '87
Don O’Neil ‘87
Chuck Pappalardo '87
Mike Valenti ‘87

Fins & Feathers Events:

  • SAVE THE DATE - Monday & Tuesday, May 8-9, 2023 - Mid-Atlantic - 2nd Annual Patriot Shootout - Hudson Farm Club, Andover, NJ - Hosted by Michael Babyak '92. Do not miss this special Norwich gathering at the spectacular Hudson Farm Club in New Jersey. The event raised over $85,000 for Norwich in 2022 and looks to continue to grow!
  • SAVE THE DATE - June 22-23, 2023 - Northeast - 5th Annual Offshore Fishing Battle - Provincetown, MA - An special Norwich gathering. Congrats to Dan Evans '87 and Hook'Em Dan-O for being the first Norwich boat to take home the Offshore Battle title in 2022! All event proceeds last year went to the Debra Evans '87 Memorial Scholarship at Norwich. 
  • TBD - West Coast - West Cost Fishing Bash - Dana Point, CA - The first Fins & Feathers West Coast gathering! 20+ alumni and friends gathered for a beautiful day on the water. Thank you to Colin Hoffmeister '87 for organizing a great outing. 
  • Homecoming 2022 - Saturday, September 17 - Northfield, VT - Fins & Feathers Block Party - Over 200 people came and celebrated Norwich with the Fins & Feathers crew! What an amazing gathering to educate people about the impact of Fins & Feathers on the Norwich family. Save the date for Homecoming 2023 on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
  • Monday, November 14, 2022 - Northeast - 3rd Annual Upper Parade Ground Shoot - Addieville Farm, Addieville, RI - A great outing with over 60 alumni and friends coming together to support Norwich. The proceeds from this years event will go to a Service Dog Memorial on campus to help raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress at Norwich.

Future Expansion: If you are interested in hosting a Norwich Fins & Feathers gathering in your area, please email Paul Morgan.

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Northeast Committee
Hugh McLaughlin ‘87
Chuck Pappalardo '87
Vincent McDermott ‘90 - Fleet Commander
Bob Pappalardo ‘95
Dan Evans ‘87
Don O’Neil ‘87
Mike Valenti ‘87
Brandon Beal '19
Peter Orlandello '20
Jack "Jose" Anzalone '20
John Collins '90
Randall H. Miller '93
Dave Casey '80

Mid-Atlantic Committee:
Michael Babyak '92
Bobby Carroll '97
Ken Kisatsky '92
Matt LaFevre '15

West Coast Committee:
Jeramy Brock '13
Jake Head '97
Collin Hoffmeister '87
Colm Walker '05 

Committee Advisors:
Elizabeth Kennedy '01, Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations
David Casey '80, Assistant Vice President, Development
Paul Morgan, Associate Director, MGAA