The third annual Family Fishing Derby for Kids with Cancer raised $21,000 for local children.
The event at Horseshoe Lake, on January 9, gave the entire East Kootenay community the opportunity to fight back against cancer. Along with the main ice fishing attraction, many activities and an abundance of prizes kept the 1,800 in attendance entertained and having fun.
Jim Hong won the top prize, a 14 ft Lund fishing boat and trailer, after reeling in a 58 cm fish.
Eric Reed placed second, and his 43 cm fish won him a 42 inch LCD TV and DVD player. Eleven-year-old Justice Hunt won herself a trip for two to Vancouver with her 41 cm giant, while five-year-old Silver Provencher took home the children’s second prize with his 30 cm catch.
The Kimberley Dynamiters team joined in the festivities, playing hockey with the kids. Other highlights of the day included dog sled rides, toboggan decorating, toboggan races, relay races, ice bowling, as well as a tug-o-war competition, best dressed dog contest, snowball and hat toss. While the children were busy with games, the adults were busy bidding in the silent auction and 50/50 draw. Over $30,000 in prizes was given away by businesses in Cranbrook, Kimberley and Fernie.
The most excited winner was Golden’s two-and-a-half year old Kaydee Jensen. The little girl who has been battling cancer was the lucky draw winner of the trip to Disneyland for her and her family with $1,000 spending money.
“Cancer touches so many people in our community and the Family Fishing Derby is a great way to fight back against this terrible disease and at the same time assist local children and families,” said organizer Shane Westle.