Raising Funds for the Community One Fish at a Time
The event was held at Lake Irena in Hazle Township and brought members of Luzerne County together for a day of activities and giveaways in order to raise awareness of outdoor activities for children as well as to collect funds for the community.
Despite the misty weather, 89 children up to the age of 15 casted their fishing lines at 9 a.m. and prepared to reel in some big catches!
Winners were selected based on the size of their largest fish and the amount of time it took them to catch it.
Three-year old Addison actually caught the first fish of the day, taking her only three minutes from when her line hit the water. She was also the winner of the largest fish for the girl’s competition, catching a 15 inch trout and taking home a brand new bicycle as her prize.
After the fishing competition, children and families were encouraged to participate in a silent auction to win various baskets filled with games and outdoor prizes for kids.
The township also gave away a number of larger prizes to children such as fishing poles, tackle boxes, sports equipment such as baseball bats and footballs and even raffled off bicycles for different age groups to inspire children to play outside.
Let’s just say that no child went home empty handed!
Joe Galada is a member of the Hazle Township Recreation Board and is always trying to think of new ways to get children in the community excited about getting up and enjoying the outdoors.
Galada tells Sundance Vacations that nothing compares to the feeling of bonding with his children by participating in activities such as these and it is his hope that community events such as this will bring families closer together.
Hazle Township local Belinda Vega attended the fishing derby with her son and was so inspired by the event that she reached out to thank us.
To learn more about upcoming events from Hazle Township, join the group page “Things to do in Hazle Twp Area” on Facebook.
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