Ice Fishing Challenge near Alexandria canceled; organizers urge donations to American Cancer Society
Last winter’s event – the 14th annual – drew a record crowd of 1,436 participants to Smith Lake east of Alexandria and raised more than $75,000.
COVID-19 has prevented another popular Douglas County event from taking place – the Fishing for the Cure Ice Fishing Challenge.
Organized by Alexandria Industries, the event raises money to help fight cancer. Last winter’s event – the 14th annual – drew a record crowd of 1,436 participants to Smith Lake east of Alexandria and raised more than $75,000.
Alexandria Industries employees and volunteers put on the event each year, with all proceeds going to American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Douglas County. The company also holds other fundraising events throughout the year for Relay for Life.
Although Alexandria Industries has cancelled the 2021 event, employees emphasize that cancer doesn’t stop, even for a pandemic, so they’re encouraging people to consider donating what they would normally spend at the ice fishing tournament to the American Cancer Society.
Organizers encouraged ace anglers to watch for news about the 2022 event. They said they plan to make the 15th annual tournament better than ever.