Go fishing for Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is aiming to hook a little funding with the 6th annual Start Something Reel Bass Tourney.
“Over the past five years, we have been building our event and have raised between $5,700 – $6,300 for our programs,” explained executive director Gina Mashburn. “We usually have between 15-25 boats competing.”
Mashburn said she is hoping this year’s event draws even more boats to help BBBS “improve our ability to match more kids with positive role models.”
This year’s tourney is set for April 29 from safe daylight until 2 p.m. at Sheffield Riverfront Park. Funds raised support all BBBS programs, which include the established school mentorship program in Red Bay and the fledgling program in Russellville.
“Our goal is to raise $7,000,” Mashburn said. “The more participation we have in the event, the more money we raise for our programs so we can serve the kids. Ultimately that is our goal – serving the children facing adversity in our three-county area with the positive role models that they need and want in their lives.”
Of course, BBBS isn’t the only group that will benefit, as top fishermen stand to reel in cash prizes for their big catches.
Five cash prize levels are guaranteed,” Mashburn said. “If we have at least 30 boats, we will give out another $100 for 6th place. And for every ten more boats, we will give an additional $100 per place.”
Prizes are as follows:
- 1st Prize, $1000
- 2nd Prize, $600
- 3rd Prize, $300
- 4th Prize, $250
- 5th Prize, $150
In addition, each fisherman will be entered into a chance to win an Orca Pod cooler, and there will also be door prizes.
Entry fee is $100 per boat.
The event is presented by Shoals Solid Waste Authority, which donates to cover most of the cost of the event.
To pre-register, by April 28 at noon, call 256-248-1931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bbbsshoals.org.
“If fishermen pre-register, they do not have to come to Sheffield Riverfront park to have their boat checked prior to fishing,” Mashburn noted.
Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children between the ages of 5-15 who are in need of an additional adult role model relationship. These children are matched with a suitable volunteer who spends time with them to promote self-worth and encourage them to reach their full potential in school, at home and in the community. BBBS has served thousands of children in the three-county area since 1986.
Tournament director is Austin Weaver.