For The Cause
Perseverance, determination, and a little persistence…together with a positive attitude is what contestants of the 7th Annual Perchin for MS needed. Well…it is what contestants of this fishing tournament have always needed. Contestants have been faced with rain, gale force winds, blowing snow and this year -16c temperatures. And again…they didn’t even get to fish. Instead due to unseasonable temperatures, rain and poor ice conditions for the second year in a row, 400 participants showed up for a draw.
What would ever possess 400 people to drive from all over Ontario and the United States for a draw? Sure, the Maunder’s pulled pork and jumbo hot dogs at the barbeque were awesome…but to come from Ottawa, New York and Windsor?
Well…maybe it was the over $35 000 in cash and prizes. We don’t think so though.
Sure, the cash and prize doesn’t hurt, but what really brings out the people…is the cause.
The main focus is on MS - Multiple Sclerosis. Doug Poirier the Founder and Director of the tournament was diagnosed in late 2009 with Primary Progressive Multiple
Sclerosis. Doug's MS unfortunately has continued to get worse and he now is in a wheelchair.
It hasn’t stopped him though. Doug continues to keep the fight going and wants to show others that life doesn’t stop just because you have a disability…and that is exactly what him, his team and 400 guests are determined to show everyone!
On March 4, 2017, the 7th Annual Perchin for MS took place, and what a success it was again. 400 anglers checked in, even though they weren’t going fishing. The weather was cold, but beautiful and everyone was in a great mood. Many people had even decided to come make a couple days of it like usual taking the Town of Georgina by storm.
This year again over $20 000 was raised and will go toward helping people directly with MS.
Perchin for MS would not be able to do this though without the amazing support we receive. We would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all our sponsors and great volunteers.
To date Perchin for MS has raised over well over a $100 000.00 towards helping people with MS and finding a cure!
Congrats to this year’s top cash and special prize winners listed below.
JACK LINK’S BEEF JERKY JACKPOT AWARDS:
1st - $1600 – Alan and Sydney Brake
2nd- $1200 – Colin Town and Jim
3rd- $ 1100 – Scott MacPherson and Colbie Anderson
4th- $1000 – Coady Grant and Bryan Kelly
5th- $900 – John Styles and Bill Graham
6th- $700 – John and Jay Downey
Abu Garcia/Fenwick/Spider Wire/Berkley Big Fish Contest – This contest was done with each team competing in a minnow race. The winners were then drawn and Lee Foster and Will Dennie were the big winners. Each will receive a $300 gift card from Pure Fishing.
Sutton Home Hardware/TD Canada Trust (Simcoe/Muskoka) card draw- Two decks of cards were sold with the winners having an opportunity at winning a Traeger BBQ Smoker Grill from Sutton Home Hardware or a set of Toronto Blue Jays tickets.
- Congrats to Jonathan Coe for winning the Traeger
- Congrats to Rick Smith for winning the Blue Jays Tickets
- Congrats to Alex Young for winning the Blue Jays Tickets
- Congrats to Jay Howes for winning the Blue Jays Tickets
Canadian Tire Keswick “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE CANOE DRAW” – Every contestant and volunteer was entered in a draw where the winner won a Pelican canoe donated by Canadian Tire – congrats to Jay Downey
Humminbird Mystery Check in – Mystery check in numbers were chosen before the event. Each team to hit this mystery number won themselves each a Humminbird Fish Finder.
1. Kevin Smith and Emma Fraleigh
2. Wil Berlenbach and Dave Clyde
Rapala Mystery 36 – This contest saw the team randomly chosen 36th. The winners won themselves an amazing $1000 Rapala Prize package. Congrats to Patrick Porzuczek and Ben James