The first-ever Catch-and-Release Fishing Derby at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center took place on Sunday, September 17. With more than 60 official registrants and many more family and friends as supporters and participants, the turnout exceeded expectations for a first time event.
The weather was welcoming, the fishing was abundant, and everyone had a fun morning along the banks of Lake Sandler. The Derby featured three different age groups and three different categories—first catch, largest catch, and most catches. Prizes for landing catfish, sunfish, and largemouth bass were won by anglers from ages 5 to 68 years old.
The Derby raised money toward the creation of a nature walk trail around Lake Sandler—another beautiful addition to the Sandler Family campus. Organizers hope to make the Fishing Derby an annual event.