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Join a fellow angler in need as we work to raise funds to help Owen Hanecak in his ongoing battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
By Toby Lapinski  |  March 7, 2018

As you may recall, last fall there was a major fundraising event and fishing tournament to help offset the costs of treatment for the son of one of The Fisherman Magazine's family members. In early July of 2017, Owen Hanecak (the son of Fisherman Magazine field editor, John Hanecak) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL.) Owen was about 14 months old at the time of the diagnosis, and he has been courageously battling the disease for almost a year now. Those two events were a huge success, but Owen is not in the clear yet and medical bills continue to build up. Treatment will last several years, and the generous fishermen at Reel Fishing Northeast have banded together to throw a fundraiser on March 25.

The event is being held at the North Italian Home Club at 43 Thorpe Avenue in Meriden, CT. Doors open at 12:00 pm and the event will conclude around 8:00 pm. There will be thousands of dollars in raffle items up for grabs as well as some great food catered by Carl Ciarcia of Bread & Water (51 Warwick Street, Middletown, CT.) There will be snacks, soda, and beer served, and the club has a full bar. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to back to the Hanecak family to assist in Owen’s treatment.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person and can be purchased online through PayPal at reelfishingnortheast@gmail.com. They will also be available at the door the day of the event.

More information on the event can be found HERE.

The following is a sampling of raffle items which have been donated to date. This list is growing with each passing day. If you’d like to make a donation for the raffle, please contact Dan Allegue at 860-965-4011 or allegued@gmail.com. If you'll be unable to attend the event, you can still help out by making a donation through the gofundme page which has been set up to assist in the expenses of Owen's treatment.

Fisherman's Paradise - two offshore rods
Asylum Jigs - box of jigs
Jiggle my hook - Custom rod
Gone Fishin - 1 charter and 2 guided trips
Captain Lou's teasers - box of teasers
Black Hawk II- Party Boat Fishing at its Finest - trips
Marty Hall - Gear
The hook and Arrow - GC's
Steve Sanelli - bunch of gear
Dexter Outdoors - load of knives
Jeffrey Shackett - $400 Jb tackle gc's
Steve Danis - fuel ox stabilizers
Phil Labrecque - Lures
SeaUsmile Lures - lures
Curtis Steers - $200 off any shrink wrap
Great Catch Charters - $100gc, filet knives and t-shirts
William Lyman - 2 fishing rods
Middlebank Sport Fishing - 4 charter trips
DAT Fishing Co - lures, Hat, t-shirt
Paige Charters - Striper trip
Phase II Lures - lures
Stormline - foul weather gear
John T Fischetti - lures
Bill Clayton - 25lbs of eels
Paul Ouimette - 2 rods
Garone Custom Rods and Tackle - $250 GC
Blueline Charters - 2 open boat spots shark / tuna
Jesse Roche - 3 monster crabs
Mike Manco - inshore charter Blue Line Charters
J&B Tackle / Dot-E-Dee Sportfishing -Penn 50 VSW
Joey's Rod Building - $200gc
The Fancy Fluke Fishing Co. - LT gaff and rigs
Big Game Fishing RI - Charter
Trevor Berwick - 2 Euros
Keep It Reel Fishing - 5 hour charter
Zach Neff - $120 tattoo GC
ChatterLures - spread package
Mijoy Boat - 2 trip tickets
Zack Hintz - Zahs gift certs
Cote's Fly Shop - rod
GOIN' EAST - gift cert
Sound Bound Fishing Charters - charter
Wess Vandenbark - incredible shark painting
Fishing Factory - gift card
American Tackle Company - rod and gear
Big Doug's Memorial Saltwater Shootout - entry
Joe Dorio - 5hr guide or $500 off
Jim Vanator - Fishermans World GC
CRS Outfitters - fly kit
L.T. Marine Products - harpoon
Giuliano's bakery - GC
Marty Hiatt - Viper sniper and lures

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