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Ladies Fishing Derby fights cancer!

Jack Danchak - Columnist
Posted 9/24/20

Multiple teams of lady anglers will compete in the fifth annual Reeling For A Cure ladies fishing tournament to raise money for women fighting cancer.

The fishing tournament will be held on Lake …

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Multiple teams of lady anglers will compete in the fifth annual Reeling For A Cure ladies fishing tournament to raise money for women fighting cancer.

The fishing tournament will be held on Lake Ontario and the ladies will fish from 6 a.m. to noon. After the weigh-in of fish there will be an after-party for participants and their families, boat captains¸ sponsors and volunteers.

The after-party includes a DJ, awards presentations, raffles, a Chinese basket auction and refreshments. The event also includes a T-shirt contest, with awards given out for categories such as funniest or most original.

Founder and organizer of the event Stephanie Pierleoni said, “It's not just the fishing, it's also raising money, and it's thrilling and emotional. People have fun with it, and that's what it is all about.”

New teams, participants and beginners are welcome and encouraged to sign up. Teams can consist of up to six participants and the cost is $250 per team. Pierleoni said, “It's about having fun and introducing the fishery to women. We are always looking for more captains and lady angler teams to participate to bring more attention to the awesome sportfishing on Lake Ontario and come together for one day to help in the fight of women's cancers.”

Proceeds from the derby are donated to a different benefactor each year. This year's benefactor is the Breast Cancer Network of WNY. In the past monies were donated to Mary's Wig Room, Hope for Two and other women's cancer organizations.

Pierleoni went on to say, “This event brings so many people together for the common goal of fighting cancer. Often survivors share stories and there are both tears and laughter. We're got survivors on teams and survivors that help with the event. Everybody has been touched by cancer. Even if they aren't a survivor, they know friends or family that are. It's a lot of emotions.”

The derby has grown steadily larger year after year, but Pierleoni acknowledges that this year might be different due to the COVID-19 affecting travel and gathering. She said, “No matter what our turnout is this year, we're okay with it. We want participation to go up but with everything going on, some people may not feel comfortable this year and that's okay too. We are just excited to do it and have everyone come and participate.”

Jack Danchak is the President of the Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs of Sullivan County.

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