Alaskans supporting fellow Alaskans: freshly caught fish are “gifts” for participants’ patience and kindness.
An ice fishing contest in Finger Lake, Alaska supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) enjoyed a great turnout, despite the low wintry temperature.
The 6th annual Ice Fishing Derby for a Cure is a fundraising event aimed to support Alaskans who are living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related muscle-debilitating diseases. This February, close to 300 anglers of all ages participated in the challenge of catching fish in five hours. The kids had the most fun – the top three anglers with the biggest fish were all from the youth category.
Alaska Commercial Company (ACC)’s Operations Anchorage team helped the MDA’s staff to coordinate the event. ACC’s generous donation of fishing gear including ice fishing poles, holders, buckets, an ice scoop and more equipment, further contributed to the derby’s overall success.
ACC Operations Support Specialist Jamie Cole shared that the team has been supporting the MDA for many years. Through events such as the Ice Fishing Derby or Kings for Kids, the MDA raises funds to host summer camps that allow Alaskans living with muscular dystrophy to share fun outdoor experiences with individuals with similar challenges – improving the quality of life for all.