LAKE MURRAY, SC (WIS) - This Friday more than 60 wounded warriors will be out on Lake Murray for an annual fishing tournament that is all about them. But before the big day, we had the honor of surprising one of the the tournament organizers with the news that his friends nominated him as a WIS Community Builder in partnership with Mungo Homes.
Those who know him call him Captain Mike, and he's no stranger to the waters of Lake Murray.
"I have been on Lake Murray fishing for 29 years," he said. "[I've] loved every moment of it."
As a professional fishing guide, Mike Glover can teach even the most helpless of fishing hopefuls, including WIS' Mary King, how to cast a line. But it's his heart for others that has reeled in his friends.
"He's very outgoing, very sincere person," said Mark Bokesch, who is a member of the Capital Rotary Club with Glover.
"[He's] very caring…cares a lot about the community."
For the past four years Glover has organized a fishing tournament for local troops and wounded warriors completely free of charge.
"We really want to go out of the way to say thank you to those guys," Glover said. 'They did a lot for this country and I wish we could do more for them."
Glover and other organizers spend months gathering sponsors for the tournament.
"We have fishing equipment, we have GoPro cameras, we have grills, you name it. We got it," Glover said. "Not one soldier will leave there without a very nice gift."
But today, Glover's the one not leaving without a surprise. During our interview with him about the tournament, Glover's friend Mark Bokesch and Matt Mungo of Mungo Homes snuck up from behind the camera.
"Hey I know that guy!" Glover said pointing to Mark. "What are you doing here?"
Mark and his friends from Rotary nominated Glover as a Community Builder.
"We heard about his work with the Wounded Warrior project, and we have several veterans in our club," said Bokesch. "We all kind of got together and thought this is a great opportunity for us to recognize Mike for all the work that he does in the community."
Matt Mungo handed Glover his hard hat saying, "Mike, I would just like to say as a token of our gratitude for doing all you do for our community, I'd just like to say that you are the Michael J. Mungo Foundation Community Builder of the week. You will get a check for $1,000 for the charity of your choice."
"I don't know what to say other than thank you!" said Glover. "And I can tell you, we're going to donate the money to the Troop Appreciation Fund. It will be well used!"
If you would like to learn more about the Lake Murray Troop Appreciation Fishing Fund, you can reach Captain Mike at (803) 609-0066.