HONORING LOCAL ARMED FORCES WITH FISHING FOR LIFE
February 22, 2023
Making a difference in our community is a critical part of who we are at Egan Company. We are grateful for the opportunity to give back locally with our community partners throughout the year. This month, we’re highlighting Fishing for Life.
Founded in 2004, Fishing for Life is a local nonprofit whose mission is to “serve youth, families, veterans, and communities through fishing and outdoor programs.” They host a variety of events and mentoring programs in hopes of creating relationships with at-risk youth and their families in the Twin Cities area. Programs held include men and women’s groups, military R&R, garage sale/boat auction, mentoring programs, fishing camps, mobile trout ponds, and other lake events.
In February, members of the Egan team were able to volunteer with Fishing for Life’s annual Armed Forces Ice Fishing Tournament. Through this tournament, volunteers and participants alike were able to honor the armed forces who have served our country and the sacrifices they’ve made.
Assistant Project Manager for Egan’s Electrical Special Projects team, Sue Steuernagel has been volunteering with Fishing for Life for a decade, stating, “Volunteering as a family and getting others involved has many worthy benefits. Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people. My daughter has been volunteering since she was 8 years old and my son 10 years old. All these years of volunteering with Fishing for Life helped inspire my son to join the army as well.”
Last summer, Egan hosted a Rod & Reel Rebuild day at the Champlin office in partnership with Fishing for Life, and will host the event again this upcoming summer. During the event, employees work together to rebuild rods and reels that are donated to the local community and beyond. Leading up to the event, an equipment drive was held to donate rods, reels, and tackle equipment.
Steuernagel again said, “I volunteer because it makes me feel good to give back, and most people I encounter truly do appreciate it. And it sends a great message to my kids. The more I’m able to give, the happier I feel.”
For more information on Fishing for Life, visit their website.