Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Buffalo Sabres Alumni crew rolled into Olcott Beach on Thursday to hold their seventh annual Charity Fishing Tournament, and the day on the water and the time in Krull Park was a near perfect situation.
In the end, it was Capt. Jerry Felluca of Hilton with Runnin’ Rebel guiding his customers for the day to the biggest fish of the friendly tournament — a 19-pound, 2-ounce salmon. It was the second year in a row that Felluca has accomplished this feat. Dave Williams and Dave Pulombo, both of Rochester, were fishing on the boat with Felluca, along with one of the Sabres’ trainers.
Second place in the contest was Capt. Mike Johannes of Ransomville with On The Rocks and weighing in a 19-pound king with former Sabres Wilf Paiement and Team Dan Dy; third was Capt. Dan Evans of Wilson with Lone Wolf, hauling in an 18-pound, 12-ounce fish with team John Previty and Sabre Alumni Randy Cunneyworth.
The money raised from the day helps to support youth fishing contests, as well as the Pro-Am tournament. In addition, some money is earmarked for Buffalo-area charities that the Sabres work closely with. It’s a classic win-win situation all the way around.
Events like these just don’t happen. Rob Ray of Amherst is involved from the Sabres’ end of things to get the ball rolling. Scott McManigle, Director of Player Relations for the Alumni Association, handles the money end of things and organizes the one end of the event. At the other end is Capt. Bob Cinelli of Newfane-Olcott, who helps to organize the boats, as well as the local logistics for running the contest. That’s the basic foundation.
Then there’s the Town of Newfane, supplying a trolley from Krull Park to the Town of Newfane Marina. The Marina itself is also involved, docking the boats for the charity event. The County Parks Department is involved, too, stepping up to the plate to help with the Lions Club pavilion, ensuring there are plenty of picnic tables and things are cleaned up for the hockey legends and guests. Legislator John Syracuse was working behind the scenes to make sure everything was running smoothly.