Golden North Salmon Derby: Scholarship fundraiser offers prizes totalling nearly $200,000

    Co-chair Matt Robus talked about the event on a recent edition of Capital Chat.

    Golden North Salmon Derby co-chair Matt Robus says the most basic reason for the derby is to raise money for the Territorial Sportsman Sholarship Foundation, which has awarded more than $1.7 million in scholarships to young people from Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

    "Hecla Greens Creek Mine and Coeur Alaska Kensington Gold Mine are once again teaming up this year to put on a high-five contest for up to $50,000 for the top prize for anybody who turns in scholarship fish."

    Robus also detailed the available prizes.

    "We also have Bullwinkle's Pizza sponsoring a high-five for all ticket holders in honor of their 43rd year in business. You don't even have to go out and catch a fish; if you buy a derby ticket, you're in line to be chosen to be able to get up to $43,000 from the contest. We also have a lot of daily prizes. Every scholarship fish that gets turned in, you get a little raffle ticket. We draw those each night and post them on the website. People are eligible for cash prizes from those. And then, of course, for the top 70 fish caught this year, there are 70 prize packages. It's a very lush prize package scheme, and, altogether, it's probably NEARLY $200,000 that is possible for people to win in this derby."

    Tickets are $40 for adults and only $10 for 12 and under. They are on sale at five locations: Harry's Plumbing and Heating and Foodland in Downtown, Western Auto in Lemon Creek, Juneau Mercantile and Armory in the Valley, and DeHarts in Auke Bay.

    Find more information at the Golden North Salmon Derby website.

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