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Celebrity Carp Challenge Tournament

Celebrity Carp Challenge Tournament - Carp Fishing in Baldwinsville, NY

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Wild Carp Companies presents the Celebrity Carp Challenge on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at 7550 State Fair Blvd in Baldwinsville, NY.


Six local celebrities will be assisted by experienced Carp anglers to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes for their represented charities.


Who will catch the biggest carp for charity between CNY Central’s Wayne Mahar and Jim Kenyon, Post Standard’s David Figura, Baldwinsville Mayor Joe Saraceni, and magician Wade Live?

Admission is free.  This event is held on private property that was graciously opened to the public by owners Duke and Karen Strache.  Please be courteous and respectful of tournament grounds, and enter the property in the designated area marked by the green and blue ‘Carp Tournament’ sign.


  • 1st Place                    $3,000
  • 2nd Place                   $2,000
  • 3rd Place                    $2,000
  • 4th Place                    $1,000
  • 5th Place                    $1,000
  • 6th Place                    $1,000


Celebrity Carp Challenge Results

Jim Kenyon:

26 lbs, 8 oz

Wade Live:

24 lbs, 15 oz

David Figura:

22 lbs, 3 oz

Wayne Mahar:

17 lbs, 9 oz

Joe Saraceni:

17 lbs, 6 oz



Celebrity Competitor
Supported Charity
Jim Kenyon is the Chief Investigative Reporter on the CNY Central I-Team, Syracuse NY

Jim Kenyon

Jim Kenyon is the Chief Investigative Reporter on the CNY Central I-Team.


Jim specializes in investigative and environmental reporting. He has won numerous awards including more than 40 local awards from the Syracuse Press Club including the career achievement award and the 1992, 1994, and 1995 state awards for investigative journalism from the New York State Broadcasters Association.


In 1998, Jim won the Primary Care Journalism Award from the Pew Foundation. In 2002, he received recognition from the U.S. Justice Department for his reporting on victims' rights. In 2007 he was nominated for a New York Emmy Award, and was honored with the NAACP Community Service Award.


Jim has been married for 34 years and has a daughter who lives in New York City. His hobbies include motorcycling, hunting, fishing, skiing and competitive shooting.




Food Bank of Central
New York


The Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education and advocacy in cooperation with the community. 



Wayne Mahar - Chief Meteorologist on Central New York television, Syracuse NY

Wayne Mahar

Wayne Mahar is the chief meteorologist on CNY Central’s weather team. Wayne delivers the forecast on NBC3, weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 p.m. and occasionally on CW6 and CBS5.


A couple of other rather unique situations that have developed with Wayne over the years are The Weather Outside, and Doppler the Weather Cat. WSTM is one of only a dozen or so TV stations across the country that does the weather outside on the Weather Deck, no matter how cold or snowy it might be in the winter.


On the Weather Deck with Wayne a few times each week is Doppler, a tradition which developed about ten years ago when a stray cat wandered onto the Weather Deck one evening while Wayne was live on the air. In case you didn't realize, that worked out well as Wayne is an animal lover and has had a variety of dogs and cats all his life.


In early 2008, Wayne established the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation raising and distributing money to animal welfare organizations around central New York.


The foundation was established on behalf of Wayne’s mother who passed away in 2007, and who, like Wayne, loved animals.


Anybody interested in learning more about the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation or wanting to help is asked to please contact Wayne at wmahar@cnycentral.com.


Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation, Syracuse NY


Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation (PMAWF)


PMAWF works closely with those in the community to find and help non-profit organizations that work hard to provide animals second chances for a better life. Through events and donations, PMAWF donates the money they raise to those that need our support. PMAWF was established in early 2008 in memory of Priscilla Mahar, who always had a fondness for animals.



Wade Live - Make-a-Wish Foundation, Syracuse NY

Wade Live

Wade Live definitely does not look like your typical magician. Don’t let his punk rock hair and blue jeans fool you.


Wade is one of the most sought after mystifiers in the country today. At only 27 years of age, Wade has toured across the world performing his unique blend of magic and illusion.


Wade learned the art of bird manipulation under the tutelage of Dan Birch of Van Nuys, CA—one of the top bird manipulators and cruise ship entertainers in the world. Wade has studied from the prestigious Chavez College of Manual Dexterity and Prestidigitation in La Verne, CA under the instruction of Dale Salwak.


In 2006, Wade was an understudy in one of the largest illusion shows in the world today—Magical Flight, a cutting-edge, lavish magic and illusion show at the Sandcastle Dinner Theater in Saipan, a U.S. Commonwealth not far from Guam that is more commonly referred to as the “Las Vegas of Asia.”


Wade Live provides a dynamite show that audiences talk about long after the show is over. Using a combination of music, live animals, comedy and theatrics that will leave you breathless, Wade Live is second to none! Wade is currently performing for luxury cruise lines, casinos, colleges, restaurants, corporate conventions as well as a multitude of other venues.


With a variety of shows ranging from close-up and sleight of hand to large stage productions, Wade Live will astound, mystify and thoroughly entertain your audience.


Make-A-Wish Foundation, Syracuse NY


Make-a-Wish Foundation


Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.


David Figura - outdoors editor at The Post-Standard, Syracuse NY

David Figura

David Figura, 57, has been outdoors editor at The Post-Standard for four years. Prior to that, he was the Cayuga County bureau chief and North Syracuse suburbs editor for a total of 26 years at the newspaper.

Before coming to Syracuse, he worked as an editor in various position at The Times-Herald Record in Middletown and as city editor of the Auburn. Other newspapers he's worked at (as a reporter) include the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. and the Southeast News/Daily Signal in Downey, Calif.

Figura is a graduate of Cornell University (majored in Human Development and Family Studies) and has fished all his life. He caught his first carp as a youngster while fishing with his father along the Susquehanna River in Endwell, where he grew up.

Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter, Syracuse NY


Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York


The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our national office and more than 75 local chapters.



Joe Saraceni - Mayor of Baldwinsville, NY

Joe Saraceni

Joe Saraceni is currently in his second term as the mayor of Baldwinsville, NY.


As a lifetime resident and former village trustee, Joe has dedicated his life to making Baldwinsville a better place.


He has also competed with his brother, Tony, in previous Baldwinsville carp tournaments.


Joe is owner of Water Guys in Baldwinsville and is also employed with Centerstate CEO.

Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Agency

Greater Baldwinsville Community Benefit Fund




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