About Fishing For the Cure

Relay For Life of Douglas County MN

I Have Cancer
When a colleague was diagnosed with cancer, a small group of employees were the first to hear his bad news. They were eating lunch when he stepped away to take a phone call. When he returned, he said, "I have cancer."

It is tough to wrap your head around such news. It would be difficult to hear that someone you love – your spouse, child, friend – has cancer.

Make a Difference
The employees of Alexandria Industries support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life to help find a cure for cancer. Through various fundraisers over the years, they have donated nearly $500,000 to support cancer research, and education on early detection and prevention.

Fishing for the Cure 

In 2006, a small team of employees whose loved-ones lost their battle with cancer, created a fun, family friendly ice fishing tournament to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS). The first “Fishing for the Cure” tournament hosted 112 contestants, netted $620, and donated all the money to the ACS's Relay For Life.

Alexandria Industries, American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, Fishing For the Cure, national award winner

As the years pass by, the tournament grew, bringing together people from across Minnesota, and beyond, to fish for the cure. In 2022, the tournament had 1,358 fishing contestants, including 256 kids 12 years of age and younger.

The 2022 tournament raised $93,700!

It Takes a Village to Fish
The ice fishing event's success comes from the support of a growing list of individuals, customers, community, and business partners. Year after year, more than 100 sponsors donate prizes and in-kind services to help find a cure for cancer.

Fishing for the Cure is a great way to enjoy a cold winter day creating warm memories with families and friends.

Join the Fun
If you are interested in supporting the event in anyway, contact Nancy Waldorf at nwaldorf@alexandriaindustries.com or Robbie Betterman at rbetterman@alexandriaindustries.com.

If you're interested in contributing to the event, donations are tax deductible. Items can include logoed company-wear, household goods, fishing gear, gift cards or other items of your choosing. Cash gifts go directly to Relay For Life.

We also need volunteers to help tackle the tournament logistics.

We can fight this battle together. If you or someone you know and love has cancer, join us to help make a difference by raising money for more research and finding a cure for cancer.

Relay For Life...

Is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers staff and coordinate Relay events in thousands of communities and 27 countries. They give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.

The Relay for Life of Douglas County Minnesota hosts a summer celebration every July at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria, Minn. Everyone is welcome to join the event ‒ cancer fighters, survivors, supporters, families and friends.

Bringing our community together for one night, we remember loved ones lost, we honor survivors of all cancers, and we raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

In addition to our fishing tournament, Alexandria Industries employees host several fundraising events throughout the year for Relay For Life, including Bingo Night and employee taco/chili fundraising lunches. The Alexandria Industries' Relay For Life team of employee volunteers is the #1 fundraiser in Minnesota, the #2 fundraising in our region (13 states) and the 33rd highest fundraiser in the United States.

Join us in this fight. Help us find a cure for cancer!