Sutherland, Iowa — A facility that helps kids having issues is doing a fun fundraiser this weekend.
Seasons Center for Behavioral Health and Camp Autumn are hosting an Ice Fishing Tournament and Fundraiser at Camp Autumn near Sutherland on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Katie Ping, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Seasons Center, tells us the tournament is a free-will-donation event and is open to the public, though registration is encouraged. She says you can visit https://bit.ly/3afBKU0 to learn more.
Ping says the event is a release tournament, which means fish will be released back into the lake. The prize categories will be based on length for bass, catfish, crappie, and other panfish. She tells us the tournament and fundraiser will feature a kids’ fishing clinic, ice fishing tournament for all levels, and an open warehouse with a complimentary chili lunch provided by Grace United Methodist Church. According to Ping, Black Earth Java of Spencer will be on-site with their coffee trailer to provide coffee, cocoa, and cider throughout the entire tournament. She says the event benefits scholarships for children to attend Camp Autumn, a therapeutic camp for children in northwest Iowa.
Ping says, “This event is for the competitive angler, the family who wants to try something new, and everyone in between!” She says they’re excited to see all ages and all skill levels out on the ice enjoying their private lake out at Camp Autumn.
According to Ping, it’s supported by the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club, who will be handling the tournament aspects, as well as the kids’ fishing clinic. Additionally, the event is sponsored by Oak Hill Outdoor in Milford and Black Earth Java in Spencer. Prizes are donated by Oak Hill Outdoor, Stan’s Bait & Tackle, and Fisherman’s Factory Outlet.
Adam Lybarger, Camp Director at Camp Autumn says it’s an exciting event for Camp Autumn. He says, “We are thrilled to open up our private lake and give people from our local communities an opportunity to fish here for the first time. There is a lot of work that goes into an event like this, and we couldn’t do it without the help and support of our sponsors. We are especially grateful to the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club for their continued generosity and support of our camp and the youth that we serve.”