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24-Hour Fishing for Families - Fundraiser Set

Proceeds to Benefit Ronald McDonald House - Fundraiser to Help Families

An attempt to break Guinness World Record for most fish caught in a 24-Hour Period – it’s on. Witness and help history in the making. In last year's fundraiser and World Record attempt, 2,011 fish caught in 24 hours. While this is short of the World Record, it was a great day and a great fundraiser.

The Chicago Fishing School will give it a go again this season and we need your help in this fishing fundraiser. We had a lot of help from people, support staff and the Oakbrook Terrace Park District for allowing me to set up and fish a 24-hour event.

Even a few members of the bigbluegill.com helped out last year-thank you for the support! I ask for your help and attention this year so save the date June 22nd - June 23rd (confirmed). Save up some pennies or change in a jar. I will be asking people make donations to a direct online site or send in a donation. You can donate per fish if you would like – just a penny, a nickel per fish or get in the spirit and make a tax-deductible donation to Ronald McDonald Charities. If you work at a company, I can send you a flyer and have everyone join in on the action. This is a great team-building activity and it will feel great for a group to band together and raise a few dollars or a bunch.

Chicago Fishing Fundraiser

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 Last year's World Record Attempt - 2,011 Fish landed, new Illinois record for fish caught in one day ]

This will be an official Guinness World Record attempt during the Labor Day weekend. If you are in the area and interested in helping out, we will be raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities – a great charity that helps families of very sick children to feel at home while away-from-home during serious hospital stays and life-saving surgeries. When these families stay away from home the expenses mount. Hotel, food, transportation and other expenses can rack up for weeks. Also, families lose income from work while away and in the end, they have a massive problem just making ends meet in the end, their children are still very sick or in a long-recovery. The charity does a huge service to families in a horrible situation.   They have armies of volunteers and people donate change at restaurants.

I hope we can form a fishing army and band together for a great cause. I will be trying to land a ton of fish and raise a bunch of money for people most down on their luck, to give them some strength when all the chips are down or worse.   Thanks for reading – I will have to start a thread when I get more details. If you are in the Chicago area that weekend (the weekend after Memorial Day) and can help out – I will need judges around the clock to count fish. We can use all the help – bring a friend and pitch in.

To volunteer or for information on donating – please call 630.235.2162. There are 4 sponsorship opportunities for this event. I need your help. One prime sponsorship is available for $1,000. I have 3 major sponsorships open for $650 ea. as event supporter. Event supporters will receive event signage and listings within the media releases.

Individual donations please make checks directly payable to Ronald McDonald House Charities and these are tax deductible.  Let’s go get them!

To get a visual on the fish caught in last year's 24-hour event, you can see the green fish caught (2,011). The yellow fish represent the number of extra fish to be caught for breaking the current world record (638 more fish). We had a slow day last year - sure hope the fishing picks up this year!

- Johnny

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Comment by Johnny wilkins on July 30, 2014 at 12:07pm

We've moved the attempt back... hope some in the area can stop by the event - need some help if you are in the Chicago Suburbs and can fill 2 - hours or more..

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