The Sunrise Rotary of Vacaville held the 19th annual Alvin Bonafacio Memorial Fishing Derby at Lake Solano Park on Sept. 29. What a great day of fun and sun was had by all. We served more than 400 kids this year.
Many of these children fished for the first time. The adults got to help out by baiting hooks, casting a line or untangling a snag. When a fish was caught, proud parents and grandparents helped their child carry their fish to get it weighed. The girls ruled this year in the overall biggest fish category. The winner: Brittany Lowe, caught a 3-pound-5-ounce catfish. The day ended with barbecued hot dogs and smiles.
Sponsorships and donations defray our costs to provide the rods, reels, T-shirts, food and other expenses. Many thinks to our sponsors: Bonfante Family; Republic Services; U-Save Wash and Dry; Premier Commercial/Randy Dawson; Frank’s Septic Service; Mayor Steve Hardy; Travis Credit Union; NorthBay Healthcare; Holzapple Construction; Animal Care Center; Jerry’s Painting; Alza Corp.; First Northern Bank; Abbey Carpet and Floors; Yin McDonald’s; Holiday Inn Express; RIM Consulting; Fremouw Environmental; Oats Country Store; Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppel, P.C.; Vineyard RV Park; Perry and Sons Construction; DTS Egidio; Northland, Fernandez, Brown and Gruver; Kids Day of Fishing; Suihkonen CPAs; McCune Garden Chapel; Kappel & Kappel; Dependable Heating and Air Conditioning; Kuhn Family; Kool Kids; Velez Family; and Made in the Shade Tent Rentals.
We also received generous donations of supplies and raffle prizes from Kids Day of Fishing, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Virgil’s Bait Shop, the Printing Shop, Just Cakin’ It, Greg Smith and family, Vacaville Convalescent and Rehab Center and Silkworm Graphics. And, thanks to Ian Thompson and the Daily Republic for helping to get work out about this wonderful event.
For the kids and their families who came, keep coming back. And to the big guy, Alvin Bonafacio, who created this wonderful event and the fishing pond, our fond memories of your kind soul will never fade.