Make-A-Wish® Tuna Challenge

Welcome to the Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge, an annual tuna tournament and fundraiser in San Diego with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego, Inc.

Participate by signing up for the 2016 tournament, or by donating your time, money, or both, to the Make A Wish Foundation® or the Tuna Challenge event.

Our 2015 Tournament had a total of 91 teams made up of 412 anglers with over 3500 lbs of fish were caught and weighed in. Thanks to everyone who showed up to support our event: anglers and their friends and families; all of the volunteers, mostly members of Silver Gate Yacht Club and their friends and families; Make-A-Wish San Diego volunteers; as well as our tireless Tuna Challenge committee. Everyone worked throughout the year to help us raise over $215,000 to help grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

Some pics of our 2015 event

2015 Check Presentation

2015 Top Angler Brandon

2015 Large Boat Winning Team

2015 Jr Winner Tianna

2015 Large Boat 2nd Place

2015 Angler Peter

2015 SGYC Venue

2015 Kids in Attendance

Kids enjoying the banquet on Sunday.

2015 Banquet

Over 1000 people were in attendance.

2015 Mazda winner

Car Winners Tom and Berta.

Pictures by Ryan Pennell and Brian Jones

2016 Special Events

Read about us and Volunteer Vacations on

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Click here to see wish impacts and facts..

All proceeds from the Tuna Challenge go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, which serves children in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Read more about some of the wishes that have been granted.

Important 2016 Dates

Click on event for details

Register online for our 2016 tournament

Can't attend?

Click on the registration link above and then click on "Make a Donation"

2016 Tournament Entry Forms

Grand Raffle Prize

Mazda 3 iTouring Mazda CX-3 Mazda 6 Mazda CX-5

A New Mazda vehicle with
SKYACTIV® Technology

Provided by your local
San Diego Mazda dealers
Your choice of a Mazda 3, Mazda CX-3, Mazda 6, or Mazda CX-5.
MSRP of up to $25,000!!

Tickets are available for
$10 each, 6 for $50, or 12 for $100

Volunteers Needed

Every year Tuna Challenge is made possible with the support of generous volunteers, from the awards banquet and fileting fish to collecting donations and much, much more. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer then please contact Cheryl Nielsen.

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