Upstate News

January 28, 1999
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Health Science Center’s Vision 2000 Campaign to Benefit from Chenango Lake Perch Derby, Feb. 6

The Vision 2000 campaign of the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse will benefit from proceeds raised at the Chenango Lake Perch Derby, to be held Saturday, February 6 at Chenango Lake, Route 23, East Norwich. Registration for the Derby will be held 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishing ends at 4 p.m. A date of Saturday, February 20 has been set in the case of postponement.

The Perch Derby will feature several prizes for successful anglers. The first registered fisherman to catch a tagged perch will win a $1,000 cash prize, courtesy of the Blueox Corporation of Oxford. All fish must be legally caught and New York State Angling Regulations will be in effect. If tagged perch is not caught, there will be six drawings for registered fishermen only: $500, $250, $100, $75, $50 and $25. In addition, there are $50 cash prizes and free mounts for the largest perch and the largest pickerel of the day. There will also be prizes for the oldest and youngest angler and the most unique fish caught. Prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes for the largest perch from 7 a.m. To 4 p.m. All of the prizes as well as the raffle ticket prizes have been donated by local businesses.

The Chenango Lake Perch Derby was begun by the American Cancer Society and enjoyed a very long and popular run in the 1980’s and 90’s, having last been held in 1995. At the height of its run, the Perch Derby attracted over 1500 registrants to Chenango Lake in the town of New Berlin, Chenango County, NY.

Proceeds from the Derby will benefit the Vision 2000 campaign, a program of the SUNY Health Science Center Foundation at Syracuse, Inc. It is a comprehensive campaign designed to increase awareness, recognition, and funding for the advancement of ophthalmology research and clinical care at the Health Science Center.

Ophthalmic research at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse is conducted through its University Vision Care and Research Centers. The Health Science Center is a worldwide leader in research of blinding conditions. As one of the few combined clinical/research ophthalmology facilities in the United States, University Vision Care and Research Centers have received both local and international recognition.

For more information about the Derby, contact Mayhood’s Sporting Goods, (607) 334-2001 or visit the Ascent Networking website.

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