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Friends of Fish Foundation Continues Their Support
The Friends of Fish Foundation Continues Their Support
15 years in a row the Friends of Fish Foundation, a Philadelphia based
philanthropic organization, has again made a significant contribution to
the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie. Total contributions from this generous group
over the last 15 years have exceeded $100,000.00. We have used these
funds over the years to support our programs including land acquisition
at Trout Run, the building of the Liberty Pier fishing area, handicapped
accessible ramp at the North Pier and so on.
Friends of Fish Foundation President, Bruce Garland, is an avid
steelhead fisherman who travels all the way from Philadelphia to fish
Lake Erie. He caught this 35 inch beauty while fishing on 20 Mile Creek
in December of 2015.
The S.O.N.S. Receive the Prophet of Peace Award
recognizes an individual or group that embodies some aspect of the
community’s corporate commitment and its concerns for prophetic
witness, peace and justice, sustainability, and the needs of women and
children,” said Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress. “By their very
example and their efforts, the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie stand before us as
an example of what prophets do: call attention to central and pressing
issues of their day.”
The S.O.N.S. received the award at a special Evening Prayer held at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on the feast of St. Scholastica with a reception following. President of the organization, Jerry Skrypzak, who accepted the award along with Vice President, Ed Kissell, expressed how honored the group was to be chosen: "Wow! I don’t think there are any words to express what I am feeling right now ... thank you for this great honor. It is our pleasure to accept it for doing something we love."
S.O.N.S. SPONSOR PRESQUE ISLE CLEAN UP April 9, 2016
S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie has been a Co-Sponsor of the Clean Up at Presque
Isle State Park for over 10 years. For the last 4 years we have provided
and prepared the lunch for the clean-up volunteers. This year, fifty
S.O.N.S. volunteers showed up to get the job done. Chuck and Diane
Miller along with Jack Bock and John Krupinski and the rest of the crew
cooked and served 600 hot dogs for the 250 clean up volunteers. They
also served hundreds of bags of donated UTZ potato chips and gallons of
hot chocolate and coffee.
S.O.N.S. Annual Outreach Fish Fry
thirty fifth annual fish fry was held on Wednesday September 7th at the Pilot House café in the EWPPA building at the foot of Holland
St. The fish fry has been a tradition since our founding members first
had them at Bob Zawadzki’s boat house. The purpose of the fish fry was
so that our members could meet with the leaders of our community and
pass on ideas that would support our fishery. The tradition continues
today. Our guest list this year included state and local officials,
representatives from DEP, DCNR,CZM, PFBC, Environment Erie, local media,
Sea Grant and many of our friends. Everyone on our guest list had in
some way worked with us to help improve fishing and the fishery.
There were 235 guests that signed in. Twenty seven volunteers prepared 140 lbs of walleye which were coated with our secret recipe beer batter and served in sandwiches. We joined 90 new members. Thanks to everybody for a great job and especially Bob Zawadzki for his great planning
|FISH FRY FOR THE EMMAUS SOUP KITCHEN|
to the generous donation of fish by our members and the participants of
the Erie Pennsylvania Sport Fishing Association’s Summer Walleye
tournaments, we were able to hold another fish fry.
The fish fry was held at the Emmaus Soup kitchen on August 19th. Chuck Miller led a crew of over 20 S.O.N.S volunteers who worked with Sister Mary Miller and her staff to prepare over a 90 pounds of perch and walleye which fed over 200 of Erie’s homeless citizens. Many of those who were fed that day commented what a great treat this meal was.