Constellation's ‘Fishing for a Cure’ Raises $70,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Event has raised $906,000 for a variety of Northern Illinois charities since 2002


BRACEVILLE, Ill.  (May 21, 2024) Constellation’s “Fishing for a Cure” tournament, held Saturday, May 18 on Braidwood Lake, raised an impressive $70,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, bringing the tournament’s 23-year fundraising total to $906,000.

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that affects the lungs, pancreas and other organs of nearly 40,000 children and adults living with the illness in the U.S. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation serves individuals with cystic fibrosis and is working to develop a means to cure and control the disease and improve the quality of life for those afflicted.

Logan Kap, 25, was born with cystic fibrosis and spent many years during his childhood in and out of hospitals getting treatment for the disease. Logan has benefitted from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation services over the years and participated in a game-changing drug study several years ago that successfully created the medication allowing many with cystic fibrosis to live a normal life.

“I’m just happy to be here and be alive,” Logan said Saturday at the tournament, recalling how just 10 years ago before the new drug was created, he was in and out of hospitals from week-to-week and those with cystic fibrosis were considered fortunate to live to the age of 30.

Inspired by Logan, whose father Mike Kap works at the Braidwood Clean Energy Center, Constellation employees chose Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as the 2024 beneficiary of this year’s “Fishing for a Cure” event.

“We are in shock by the incredible generosity of Constellation and its employees,” said Meg Schneider, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation after being handed a check for $70,000 at Saturday’s fishing tournament.

A total of 47 two-person teams entered this year’s “Fishing for a Cure” tournament. Trey Budach (Morris, Ill.) and Mike Hzechio (Minooka, Ill.) took home first place and the $4,000 top prize. Their three-fish total of 13.49 pounds was best in the tournament field.

Coming in second was Matt Leimach (Braidwood, Ill.) and Nick Stuedemann (Morris, Ill.), who caught fish totaling 12.6 pounds for a second-place finish and $2,500. Third place and $1,000 was snared by Bryan Partak (Marseilles, Ill.)  and Anna Moody (Big Rock, Ill.) with 10.19 pounds of bass. Seven other teams shared the remaining $2,500 in prize money.

ESPN’s Chauncey Niziol broadcasted live for his “Chauncey’s Great Outdoors” radio show from Braidwood Lake and served as tournament host. A children’s fishing derby was held in the morning at nearby Godley Pond.

Braidwood Station and several local sponsoring businesses and organizations made contributions to the event. All proceeds raised through tournament entry fees, employee fundraising initiatives and sponsorships go to the recipient charity, which is selected annually by station employees.

Organizations and businesses contributing included Siemens Energy, Allied Power, Berkot’s, City of Braidwood, Electrical Builders, Inc., Eurest USA, NALCO, Northern Illinois Steel, Pullman, Reactor Services, Inc., J.F. Brennan Company, CSS Building Services, ChemTreat, Framatome and SCI Corporation.


About Constellation

A Fortune 200 company headquartered in Baltimore, Constellation Energy Corporation (Nasdaq: CEG) is the nation’s largest producer of clean, carbon-free energy and a leading supplier of energy products and services to businesses, homes, community aggregations and public sector customers across the continental United States, including three fourths of Fortune 100 companies. With annual output that is nearly 90% carbon-free, our hydro, wind and solar facilities paired with the nation’s largest nuclear fleet have the generating capacity to power the equivalent of 16 million homes, providing about 10% of the nation’s clean energy. We are further accelerating the nation’s transition to a carbon-free future by helping our customers reach their sustainability goals, setting our own ambitious goal of achieving 100% carbon-free generation by 2040, and by investing in promising emerging technologies to eliminate carbon emissions across all sectors of the economy. Follow Constellation on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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