BRACEVILLE – Exelon’s Fishing for a Cure tournament held April 19 raised a record $59,500 for the Coal City and Diamond Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.
“Exelon and its employees excel at operating its nuclear facilities, and at supporting the local community. We are so grateful for Exelon’s generosity and to have been a part of this amazing fundraiser,” said Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc, in a news release.
The money raised from the event at Braidwood Lake will help the more than 240 homeowners and business owners affected by the devastating tornado that swept through the Coal City and Diamond area in November.
Exelon volunteers supported last year’s tornado cleanup efforts and the company donated hundreds of items needed by relief workers. In addition, Exelon donated $25,000 to the local American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Illinois.
One hundred two-person teams from around the Midwest competed in the tournament. Richard Dolgner Sr. of Plainfield and his son Richard Dolgner Jr. of Joliet took home first place and the $4,000 top prize. Their three-fish total of 11.87 pounds was the best in tournament history. Dolgner Sr. set a tournament record by landing a 6.18-pound bass.
Coming in second was Dave Sanders and Pete Banach of Monee. The team reeled in 10.89 pounds and won $2,500. Eric Liebermann of Wilmington and Nick Connor of Morris snared third place. The group caught 9.42 pounds of bass and took home $1,000. Other teams shared the remaining $2,500 in prize money.
“Our employees at Braidwood Station and Exelon are proud to help our neighbors in a time of need,” said Braidwood Site Vice President Mark Kanavos, in the release. “I’d like to thank the many local businesses that supported us and ESPN’s Chauncey Niziol for serving as the tournament host.”
All proceeds raised through tournament entry fees, raffles and sponsorships go to the recipient chairities, which are selected annually by station employees.
Since its inaugural tournament in 2002, Fishing for a Cure has raised more than $360,000 for charity. Exelon will continue raising funds for the relief effort through its Fishing for a Cure children’s derby scheduled for June 7 in Godley Park. For information, visit www.exeloncorp.com/fishing.