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Local company and non-profit partner to host second annual benefit ice fishing derby

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BANGOR Local ice fishing enthusiasts can take to the ice for a great cause and great prizes next weekend. Camp Capella and Darling's Auto Group will again join together to host their Second Annual Benefit Ice Fishing Derby on Sunday, Jan. 25. All proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Capella, a local organization in Dedham that offers camp experiences for children and adults with disabilities. The first benefit ice fishing derby, held in 2014, raised $1,274 for Camp Capella.

Fish caught from any lake or pond in Hancock County are eligible to participate in the derby, which starts at 7 a.m. The official weigh-in will be held at Camp Capella, on the shore of Phillips Lake, located at 8 Pearl Point Road in Dedham.

Weigh-in starts at 2 p.m. and will run until 3. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family with all children under 18. Tickets are available now at all Darling's locations in Bangor, Brewer, Ellsworth and Augusta; by calling (207) 992-1727; or on the day of the event at Camp Capella. All proceeds from tickets benefit Camp Capella.

'We are looking forward to opening our doors for this great event for a second year,' said Dana Mosher, executive director of Camp Capella. 'Our success depends on the support of our community, and having this fundraiser will be a great way to get our local fishing enthusiasts involved in a great family-friendly event and help out the camp at the same time.'

Prizes will be awarded to the heaviest fish in a variety of categories, and include a 10-person, weekend lakeside cabin rental on Wyman Lake in Western Maine; a two-person ice shelter; an ice auger; jack traps; and a utility ice sled. In addition, all entrants will also be entered into a raffle for a 10-person, weekend lakeside cabin rental on Wyman Lake; a toboggan snowslider; and gift cards to McLaughlin Seafood and Anthony John's Day Spa. All qualifying fish will receive an additional entry for prizes including a $100 gift card to McLaughlin's Seafood, a Coleman portable gas grill, jack traps and gas cards.

'We're excited that the warmer weather we had earlier in the winter has turned around, and that it got cold enough for us to host this event again this year,' said Lynne Darling, event coordinator at Darling's. 'We think Camp Capella is a great organization and we're excited to be able to host a fundraiser that will help them during the coming year.'

For more information about the event and full ice fishing derby rules, please visit, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (207) 992-1740. To learn more about Camp Capella, and the services that they provide to our community, please visit or call (207) 843-5104.


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