FORT KENT –The Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby can boast about another immensely successful event, with another record-breaking year, in terms of participation. The largest event of its kind in northern Maine has evolved into a family oriented one, drawing both adults and youth in unprecedented numbers. This year, then, saw a 15 percent increase in registrations over last year.
In its 15th year the Derby continues to donate the event’s proceeds to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund. On Feb. 25, the Derby Committee, represented by Paul Bernier, Aubrie Michaud, Ryan Pelletier and Donald Raymond, presented officials from the Cancer Fund with a check for $10,000; this brings the grand total contributed over 15 years to an astounding $82,000.
On Jan. 25, chairperson for the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund Committee, Travis Guy, presented the Derby organizers with a plaque, to recognize the immense contributions made by the Derby in the form of monetary donations and for their undying and untiring commitment to support local cancer patients.
During the most recent fiscal year, 50 local families received assistance from the Cancer Fund with a total $100,000 paid out to families. As a further bonus, the winner of the Salmon category in the adult category this year was none other than Danny Paradis, brother to Edgar J Paradis, founder of the Cancer Fund. Danny caught the six-pound salmon early on in the Derby and no one exceeded his catch throughout the tournament. To learn how you can help local families dealing with cancer, go to paradiscancerfund.org.
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