Acting on advice from the Centers for Disease Control (canceling events for gatherings of 250 or more people), the Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie chapter cut bait and postponed last Saturday’s fish fry fundraiser, the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
On Sunday, the CDC recommended canceling or postponing in-person events that consist of 50 or more people for at least the next eight weeks.
“It’s disappointing,” said Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie President Steve Wilson, “but understandable. What can you do?”
The decision to postpone Saturday’s event was made Saturday morning. The event was scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
To cut losses, Let’s Go Fishing Eden Prairie sold the perishable food it had already purchased.
“We put a note on our Facebook page,” said Wilson. “We sold it at our cost. The fish was gone by 11:15, the potato salad by 12:15.”
Non-perishable supplies, including the oil for fish frying, will be stowed away for what Wilson hopes will be a future fish fry in late May or early June.
“It’s a problem if it doesn’t happen,” said Wilson. “Our boats (pontoons) are paid off, but its costs about $16,000 to run the program per year. That’s with 100% of what we bring in going into the program. We’re run by volunteers and no one takes a salary.”