It started out as an idea.
James Carlson, Marc Ulan, Wes Rockhill, Gary Bienkowski and Dan Morisse-Corsetti were at the demolition derby at the Berlin Fair last year and thought it would be cool to have a car participate in this year’s derby on Sept. 13. They also thought it would be cool if this car could somehow be used for a greater purpose.
So they set the wheels in motion, worked with the Berlin Lions Club and found out about the CT VIP fishing derby.
The Berlin Lions Club sponsors a yearly fishing tournament for blind and visually impaired people through the CT Visually Impaired Persons organization.
The junior tournament is for ages 3 to 15 and consists of trout fishing in a stocked pond. The senior tournament, for ages 16 and up, is deep-sea fishing on charter boats.
All the tackle, bait, breakfast and lunch for participants, guides and families is provided.
The top three anglers from the senior tournament will be brought down to the National VIP Tournament on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in October to compete against anglers from all around the country.
With the CT VIP fishing derby as their beneficiary, Carlson, Ulan, Rockhill, Bienkowski and Morisse-Corsetti are now hard at work getting their demolition derby car ready.
The car will make several appearances around town, as follows:
Willard school on Monday, June 18.
Hubbard school on Tuesday, June 19.
Griswold school on Thursday, Sept. 6.
On those dates, locals are invited to sign the car for a donation $5 or more.
To donate at another time, or to have the car visit your workplace for a signing, reach out via Facebook a@DerbyForCTVIP.
Several businesses have already supported the team in this worthy cause and team members hope that the good people of Berlin come out and support “Crash for a Cause” as well.