Save Our Native Species Inc.
             S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club
(A 501 C (3) not for profit organization)





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Contact Information:
Jerry Skrypzak

Vice President
Ed Kissell

Don Tombaugh

John Krupinski

Mail: PO Box 3605
Erie, Pennsylvania 16508

Phone/Fax: 814-453-2270


 Sunday March 24, 2024


We would like to thank all of you for your generous support that made our 2024 Ice Out Party which was held on Sunday March 24 a huge success. There were 720 paid attendees including, men women and children and a whole slew of toddlers.
There were games for adults and activities and games for kids too. Every child in attendance was given either a SONS kid’s fishing vest or a small tackle box; All of the ladies were invited to participate in a game where each and every lady won a prize which varied in value from $10- to $50. SONS VP Ed Kissell drew hundreds of tickets from a raffle drum for hundreds of regular door prizes including over fifty fishing rods and reels along with tackle boxes, lures, minnow buckets, gift certificates and lots more.

It took 65 of our member volunteers to produce this event. Team Lubak kept up the tradition started by their Dad and Grandfather and former SONS President Ron Lubak by keeping the kids busy with games and a coloring contest. They also conducted a huge merchandise tip board raffle and a Chinese auction which took over 50 ft. of tables to display all of the auction items which included some great prizes.
Other games included a wine and ham raffle, spirits raffle, pull tabs and card games. There were also a outdoor grilling raffles and a silent auction. Auctioneer Paul Holtz auctioned off assorted bottles of his home made wine.
1430 hot dogs were cooked and served along with several side dishes by our volunteer kitchen crew. 100's of gallons of beverages served to wash it all down.
We also owe a vote of thanks to the management and staff of the Erie Shrine Club for all of their hard work that made the party a success and all of those who attended to make this event so successful.

The conclusion of the Ice Out Party was the drawing of the winners of our Annual Fantastic Fin and Fur fund raiser. There were 13 prizes were awarded. The top prize was $5000 cash. The winners are listed below in the order they were drawn:



The Fin & Fur raffle drawing marked  the finale of our  Ice Out party. Ann Wheeler og Girard, PA was the lucky winner the Main prize of $5000. The 2nd Prize of $1500 was won Mark Fisher of Greenville, PA.

  Other prizes drawn were:


Won By

3rd Prize: 8 hour Lake Erie Fish Charter for up to 5 people on “Heartbeat”, courtesy of Capt. Bob Ferraro

.John Raun of Conneaut Lake, PA

4th Prize: 4 hour half-day walleye charter on the “Waterbok”, with Capt. Steve Skrypzak

.Jason Pier of Erie, PA

5th Prize: $300 Gift Certificate sponsored by and

Gregory Swanson of Erie, PA

6th Prize: $250 Gift Certificate to Edinboro Sports Sponsored by Winschel Bros.Landscaping

Amy Stewart of North East, PA

7th Prize: $250 Gift Certificate to Poor Richards Bait and Tackle sponsored by Poor Richards

Rich Cass of North East PA

8th Prize: $200 Gift Certificate to “Poor Richard’s Bait & Tackle”, sponsored by Mickey McMahon Dave Hess of Erie, PA

9th Prize: 3 gift certificates to Underdog Barbecue

Dan Wilson of Erie, PA

10th Prize: $200 Gift Certificate to Alex Motor Sports

Craig Kramer of Erie, PA

11th Prize:  $200 in admission tickets on the (Perch Pirate) Nick O'Donish of Sheffield, PA
12th Prize:  $150 gift certificate to FishUSA sponsored by Janitors Supply Co. Jerry Rinderle of Fairview, PA

13th Prize: One year membership to Lake Shore Towing sponsored by Capt. Eric Guerrein

Glen Obringer of Union City, PA