‘Fish for a Harley’ supports Channel 3 Kids Camp
By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
The night crawlers didn’t stand a chance at the second annual Fish for a Harley fishing derby, held Sunday, April 14, at Sun Valley Beach Resort in Stafford. A sell-out crowd purchased 500 tickets at $20 each, raising thousands for the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The event was sponsored by Trantolo & Trantolo, TSI Harley-Davidson, and the Sun Valley Beach Resort.
Five-hundred trout were stocked in the private pond for the derby, with 20 of the fish tagged and redeemable for prizes. One trout was specially-tagged to be redeemed for a 2012 Dyna Wide Glide motorcycle from TSI Harley-Davidson in Ellington, but only if it was one of the first five tagged fish reeled in.
While there was no Harley winner in this year’s derby, about 25 other prizes were awarded.
The biggest winners were the thousands of children who enjoy a week of camp at the Channel 3 Kids Camp, many of whom come from modest means.
“The actual cost of a week at camp is $850, but many families pay just $50 for the week,” said Amber Wakley, director of marketing and communications for the Channel 3 Kids Camp. “It’s fundraisers like this that help close the gap and make camping possible for everyone.”
“This is a great family event,” added Wakley. “Someone actually caught the fish that won the Harley last year, so it created quite a buzz for this year’s event.”
The fishing derby also featured music, food, vendors and the talents of chainsaw carver Adam Mulholland of Windham-based Sickline Carving, who carved a rooster on site, which was raffled off at the derby. “I carved it all in about two and a half hours,” said Mulholland, who carves and sells his creations at local fairs across the state. Mulholland recently created the welcoming sign with the Channel 3 Kids Camp logo at the entryway to the camp.
Wakley said the Channel 3 Kids Camp has also been fortunate to have a good friend and partner in Trantolo and Trantolo.
“We try to do a lot with local charities, and we really enjoy doing things with the motorcycle community,” said Norm LeBlanc of Trantolo and Trantolo. LeBlanc said this past year his firm has helped to raise about three quarters of a million dollars with various charities, with about $300,000 or more for the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
Fundraising for the camp is continuous. On July 14, Wakley said Trantolo and Trantolo will be sponsoring the fifth annual Channel 3 Kids Camp Benefit Ride, in which motorcyclists can enjoy a ride through central Connecticut from TSI Harley-Davidson to Sun Valley Resort. A pre-ride party and breakfast will be held at TSI in the morning, with an after-ride barbecue lunch and featured entertainment from The Marshall Tucker Band at the Sun Valley Beach Resort. For more details or for tickets, visit TSI Harley-Davidson in Ellington or go to the website www.channel3kidscamp.org.