• Dale Bowman

Charity bass fishing: Exelon

Spots remain for one of the bigger charity fishing tournaments in the area, actually it might be the biggest, the ``Fishing for a Cure'' tournament at Braidwood Lake.


Last year was a record setter on many levels, including in fundraising, but also for the catching.

Richard Dolgner Sr. (right) of Plainfield, Ill. and his son Richard Dolgner Jr. of Joliet won with a record three-fish total of 11.87 pounds to win $4,000. Dolgner Sr. also set a tournament record by landing a 6.18 pound bass.

Here is the word from Exelon:


Proceeds to Benefit Local Hospices

BRACEVILLE, Ill. (Apr. 10, 2015) – Limited space remains for Braidwood Generating Station’s “Fishing for a Cure ” team bass tournament and anyone interested is encouraged to sign up today in order to cast a line for charity. This year’s team bass tournament will be held Saturday, May 2 at Braidwood Lake in Braceville, Ill.

Now in its 14th consecutive year, the tournament is offering $10,000 in cash prizes for competing fishermen. The first place team will reel in an impressive $4,000, with second and third place netting $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. The fourth, fifth and sixth place finishers will win $500 and teams finishing seventh through tenth will win $250.

In 2014, the tournament raised a record $65,000 for the Coal City/Diamond Tornado Relief Fund. This year’s tournament proceeds will benefit three local not-for-profit hospices. Hospice is a concept of care which provides physical, social, emotional and spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their loved ones.

Grundy County Hospice began its service in April 1985 and remains one of the few hospices in the state that is run and operated solely by its volunteers. Joliet Area Community Hospice opened its doors in 1982 and since then has provided care and service to more than 18,000 patients. Hospice of Kankakee Valley also opened its doors in 1982, providing the Kankakee area its only not-for-profit, community-supported hospice.

“To those facing their most difficult times, hospice workers and volunteers walk alongside them, providing a depth of compassion combined with quality care that has become the hallmark of hospice,” said Braidwood Site Vice President Mark Kanavos. “The focus is on the person, not the illness, and the goals are quality of life, comfort and peace of mind for all involved.”

The tournament will launch from Braidwood Lake’s Kankakee Road (South) Ramp. The entry fee is $150 per team with all proceeds, including entry fees, split between the three hospices.

“We are humbled and very appreciative to be a beneficiary of Exelon's 2015 ‘Fishing for a Cure’ tournament,” said Joan Sereno, executive director and founder of Grundy County Hospice. “It is an honor to be a part of the wonderful history of Exelon and its dedicated employees. We extend our heartfelt thanks for helping us fulfill our mission to provide service and care for the terminally ill, their families and loved ones.”

Rules and entry forms are available on the Internet at For more information, contact Braidwood Station Communications Manager Pegg Warnick, via email,, or by telephone at (815) 417-3184.

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