Our Fish-A-Thon program is a fun way for kids to help others and earn great prizes for themselves. During the summer months, kids find sponsors and raise money to help Fishing For Life. Each child is encouraged to find donors who pledge a monetary amount for each fish the kid catches. Kids then fish and earn prizes such as a week at GEM Camp, BB Guns, Valley Fair Tickets, a Guided Muskie Trip, an Electric Scooter and so much more.
To see a video presentation of past Fish-a-Thons, please click here.
2014 Fish-a-Thon Information:
NEW THIS YEAR: The first 50 kids to register online will be eligible for a boat launch with 1 parent on Lake Mille Lacs on August 25, 2014. Must reach at least the $100 prize level to be eligible for launch. Must register by August 15, 2014. To register please click here.
To Download and Print a 2014 Pledge Packet please click here.
Step 1. Join our team by signing up and registering by clicking on the link above.
Step 2. Set a goal by choosing what prize level you want to try and earn your prize. (see prize levels below) This will help you ask people to donate, and determines which prize you can select at the end. You are doing the Lord's work so don't be surprised if you get more than you ask. (Eph 3:20)!
Step 3. Create your ONLINE fundraising page by clicking here. Note it is not mandatory that you collect donations online, you can still collect donations via the traditional sign up sheet method as well.
Step 4. Start raising funds. People can sponsor you based on how many fish you catch, how many hours you fish, the pounds of fish you catch or just for a one-time donation. Ask EVERYONE to help you do the Lord's work. Parents, friends, relatives, mom's and dad's friends, neighbors, people at the grocery store, coaches, teachers and people at church.
Step 5. Select a local charity, church or school in your local area where you would like half of the money you raise to be given to. If you do not select a local charity, church or school in your area, then all funds raised will remain with Fishing For Life.
Here is one way you can ask people to sponsor you: "Hello, I am raising funds to support the Fish-A-Thon. Fishing For Life serves kids, families and communities through fishing and outdoor programs. My goal is to earn a (say your prize). Would you support me by pledging for the number of fish I catch or would you prefer to help with a one-time donation?"
$100 - $150 Custom FFL Logo Fishing Rod, hat, shirt or Duck Dynasty Redneck Wisdom Family Game
$151 - $200 Bear Grylls Compact Multi-Tool or Salt Water Fuel Cell Monster Truck
$201 - $300 Beginner 3 Blade Craft Wood Carver Set or 2 Tickets to Valleyfair
$301 - $350 4 Pack of MN Twins Tickets for a Game TBD in August or Duck Commander Triple Threat Duck Call
$351 - $400 Marlin Cowboy BB Gun or Talkabout 2-Way Radios - Camoflauge
$401 - $450 High Five RLX Recurve Bow Set or Single Nest Hammock & Pro Tactical Headlamp
$451 - $500 Guided Muskie Trip for 2 on Lake Minnetonka in the Fall and Musky tackle starter kit
$501 - $600 Tracker IV Metal Detector
$601 - $700 Week Long Trip for 1 at GEM Camp in 2015
$701 & Up Motorized Scooter
PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE PRIZE LEVEL CAN BE EARNED. MULTIPLE PRIZES WILL NOT BE AWARDED TO A PARTICIPANT.
Please visit our Fish-A-Thon Sponsors by clicking on their logo's.
Fish-A-Thon is a medium sized event. For more information on what this means, please click here.
The pictures are of particpant Austin who has raised over $12,000 for Fishing For Life through Fish-A-Thon
Austin in his own words:
I would just like to say “THANK YOU” to all the people that donated! It truly amazes me how much we raise every year, no matter how bad the economy is, you guys are always willing to help people in need. This year we raised $2,544 which brings us to a grand total, of all the years put together..... *Drum roll please*..... $12,000!!!!! I can’t even fathom how generous our donors must be to reach that kind of money!
Justin (my mentor) and I were talking during this year's fish-a-thon about the quality of fish I catch every year, and how that is so unbelievably amazing and can only be a blessing... Now that is all great and exciting, but I would like to bring the focus back to what the fish-a-thon is really about. Whether I caught a million fish this trip, or zero, none of that really matters. What really matters is that over the course of SEVEN years, we have raised TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! I cannot say thank you enough on behalf of myself, and all of the kids who will use this money. Their lives just might be literally indebted to you!
Thank you so much again!
Good Fishing to ya!
There are few precious things in life that you can stand back and humbly say you're proud of what you are accomplishing here. For Austin and I this is most certainly one of them. Thank you my friends for sharing in our adventures with us and your unbelievable support of the 2012 Fish-A-Thon!
Justin (Austin's mentor)