LEICESTER, Mass. — For the second year in a row, thin ice has caused Leicester resident Dan Kenney to cancel his annual fishing derby to benefit Camp Joslin — an event that typically brings in $10,000 to help kids with diabetes.
On top of the parking lot and beach area at Webster lake not being plowed after last weekend's blizzard, Kenney said the warm weather Thursday and Friday made for unsafe fishing conditions on the ice.
The event was set for Saturday but with soft edges at the lake and holes drilled from before the blizzard presenting a hazard, Kenney decided safety comes first and canceled the event Thursday.
Kenney is seasoned veteran ice fisherman and the host of Charter TV-3's "Go Fish with Dan Kenney."
He has organized the fundraiser for the past 10 years to benefit Camp Joslin, with proceeds from the event helping send children to the summer camp.
Located in Charlton, the camp offers programs, activities, education and support for children with diabetes.
Proceeds from the derby also have gone toward purchasing items such as fishing gear, row boats, canoes, kayaks and other water sports equipment for the campers to enjoy.
Last year's event also was canceled after unseasonably warm weather made for hazardous ice conditions.
Residents still can support the camp by visiting Kenney's website, and donating by clicking on the Barton Center button.