Annual ice-fishing derby raises funds for veterans, children – Chicago Tribune

Ryan Jacobsen and his friend Mike Rodgers started an ice fishing derby as a way to have some fun in winter on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. Now, eight years later, the derby attracts more than 500 adults and children and raises more than $10,000 to benefit veterans and others who need help.

“I’m retired from the military. It’s my way of giving back,” Jacobsen said.

“Everybody’s got a soft spot for veterans as they should. We don’t give enough – as a society. It’s our little way of doing (something).”

The catch-and-release ice-fishing derby runs 7 a.m.-noon Jan. 28. If ice conditions aren’t good, the event will run Feb. 18. Funds raised this year will go to Veterans Release and Relief and Munchkin Mission, which helps needy military children, he said. Both are Lake County-based nonprofits, he said.

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