The Texas Oilman's Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament was founded by David Cowan. The first event was held June 2002 in Matagorda, Texas and was a great success, netting $109,000 with approximately 600 participants. Since that time, the event has continued to grow rapidly. Our 2016 tournament had 650 people participating; including 356 fishermen, 23 tent table sponsors, and a vast number of guests and local celebrities.
The mission of TOCIFT is to help those who cannot help themselves. The Directors, all from various aspects of the oilfield services community, are committed to this goal. Since our 2002 inaugural tournament, we have donated $6.5 million to various charities. This year the tournament netted $205,000 and of this amount $190,000 was distributed to 29 charities. We are proud of our accomplishments, and as a result of the continued support by our many company and, private sponsors, we have been able to grow the event beyond our expectations.