Annual Fishin’ for a Mission raises money for non-profits

Proceeds from the Fourth Annual Fishin’ for a Mission Tournament, presented by Centennial Bank, were recently presented to two charities.

“We had an amazing turnout for our annual benefit fishing tournament presented by Centennial Bank, with 52 teams competing for $5,000 in cash,” said Amanda Parsons, who directs the tournament with her husband, Brian.

Mike Webster and Randy Allen snagged first place with a bag of 5 bass weighing 22.53 pounds, taking home $1,500. The Big Bass prize went to Travis Mosley and Kyle Moore who caught one weighing 6.82 pounds.

Amanda Parsons presents proceeds from the Fishin’ for a Mission tournament to Traci and Rick Harvey of Soul Food Café and Mission. (Sonja J. Keith photo)

“They weren’t the only ones catching fish that day; in all, 174 bass were brought to the scales with a total weight just over 500 pounds,” said Amanda. “The weather was ideal and the tournament facility at Lake Dardanelle State Park provided the perfect venue for our family-friendly event.

“At the end of the day, we were able to raise a total of $8,225 to donate to our beneficiaries!”

Amanda Parsons presents proceeds from the Fishin’ for a Mission tournament to Courtney Leach of Community Connections. (Sonja J. Keith photo)

The tourney’s primary charities, Soul Food Cafe Mission in Conway and Community Connections in Russellville, each received a check for $3,112.50.

“We also wanted to honor two people on our board who have suffered a tremendous loss. We were able to donate $1,000 each to the Pocahontas Bass Club in memory of Fred Wantland Sr. and to the Conway Regional Perinatal Bereavement Program in memory of Evie Sketoe.”

Next year’s tournament is scheduled Saturday, April 27, at Lake Dardanelle State Park. For more information and photos from this year’s event, go to