Aug 25, 2021 | A Day in Photos

Lauren and Cole Sherin are all smiles showing off their delicious lobsters at this year’s Hookers Ball. Photo by Salty Broad Studios.

Hookers Ball has always been about celebrating the fishing industry and the community that supports it.

Although the event has looked a little different the past two years, the celebratory atmosphere and acknowledgement of the value of commercial fishing hasn’t changed. The pandemic prompted a smaller event this year, hopefully next year we will be back under the big white tent at the VFW.

In the meantime, if you weren’t able to attend our 20th anniversary celebration – or even if you were there! – enjoy this gallery of the evening taken by Christine Hochkeppel of Salty Broad Studios. 

The clambake enjoyed by guests was put together by Backside Bakes, the lobsters came from Mark Leach and his son Sean. Mark Leach is one of the original members of the Fishermen’s Alliance, which used to be Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association.

Elwood’s Raw Bars handled the shucking for the ball and the guests were thankful Tanya was quick with the clam knife.

There was plenty of time to browse all the amazing auction items donated by businesses that support fish and fishermen.

With Hookers Ball celebrating its 20th year and the Fishermen’s Alliance turning 30, supporting the non-profit is often a family affair.

A smaller crowd meant for more one-on-one conversations, our CEO John Pappalardo shares a laugh with Rob Stefanic.

Fisheries Trust Director Seth Rolbein grabs a moment to chat with scalloper Dumitru Babes and Cristina.

Chris and Kristen Doyle are all set to dig in.

Charity auctioneer John Terrio was hilarious as always and Steven Tenaglia, left, of UBS, led the crowd to the final “Heads or Tails” game.

Board member Brian Sherin and his wife, Jane Anne, share a few words with a neighbor before cracking open their lobsters.

Jeff Gannon, with Bryan Ruez, holds his bidding card high.  Thanks to supporters, the Fishermen’s Alliance raised more than $150,000 at the Hookers Ball.

Although we love our headquarters at the historic Captain Harding House, we hope to see you under the big tent next year.


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