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Ice fishing derby Saturday to benefit families fighting cancer

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 2:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 12:05 a.m. CDT

WAUCONDA – It won’t be a warm summer day on the lake, but residents can scratch the itch for fishing and help a charitable cause at the Walk on Water Ice Fishing Derby in Wauconda.

Lindy’s Landing, at 115 Park St. in Wauconda, will host the event Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon to support the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund in one of its three big annual fundraisers.

The Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund is a Crystal Lake nonprofit dedicated to helping ease the burden of families that have been financially and emotionally exhausted in their fight against cancer by giving 100 percent of donations directly to families in need.

Brent Beckwith, executive director of the organization, said the Walk on Water event offers something for everyone. A derby competition is held for seasoned ice fishers, while clinics are available for children and beginners. He said it also is open to spectators who can take part in a silent auction for an Epting knife valued at $1,000.

Prizes for competitions in the derby will be awarded and other raffles will take place.

“We’ve done this for a while now and everyone seems to really love it,” Beckwith said. “It’s a great event for everyone in the family.”

Organizers ask attendees to bring five canned good items, which will go to the Wauconda Food Pantry at the end of the event.

Registration for the derby can be completed at www.andrealynn.org/ice/index.html or at the event before the beginning of the competition. People can still fish or attend and donate without participating in the derby.

Donations can also be made directly through the organization’s website.

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