More than 150 children and adults participated in the first Dad, Take Me Ice Fishing event Feb. 28 on the south end of Rice Lake.

The family fishing and fun day was sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen Plus, with more than 50 local sponsors providing more than 200 prizes.

Everyone registering won a prize, and there were additional opportunities to take home prizes in raffles and for first and second places for teams catching the long-est combined length of 10 panfish and 10 game fish.

The grand prize raffle saw four bicycles given away to youths and a Vexilar fish finder to an adult.

Prizes were also given away in ice bowling and minnow racing.

Food was donated by local businesses, and all proceeds from a free-will offering for food went to benefit Benjamin's House Emergency Shelter in Rice Lake. Proceeds from a silent auction of 25 items also went to Benjamin's House.

Jeff Severson, chapter president of Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen Plus, said, "The entire event would not have been possible had it not been for the generous donations given by local businesses and individuals," said Jeff Severson, chapter president of Fellowship of Christian Sportsmen Plus.

Severson said the event raised $2,400 for Benjamin's House, which was chosen as the beneficiary of the first Dad, Take Me Ice Fishing for its dedication in protecting children caught in unfortunate family situations.

WFCS Plus strives to provide a safe, fun and adventurous outdoors opportunities for families, including single parent families, to participate at little or no cost, said Severson, adding, "Next to a fulfilling relationship with God, nothing is more important than a full and loving relationship with family."

WFCS Plus plans on holding more family-centered outdoors events in the future. Anyone interested in finding out more about WFCS Plus or how then can help with the events can contact Severson at 715-296-1195 or Randy Cook at 715-761-2231.

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