Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure
March 18 - Date for 25th annual and final Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure
This year will mark 25 years and the final year of the Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure! The 2017 Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure will be held Saturday, March 18 at Cassels-Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn. Proceeds from the tournament benefit indigent cancer patients at the CHI St. Luke’s Health-Temple Cancer Center.
Dr. Shelton, a local radiation oncologist, started the tournament as a way to raise funds to help his patients. Years ago, one particular patient told Dr. Shelton of the difficulties he faced getting to and from the Center for treatment each day. This patient was actually collecting cans and selling them in order to purchase gas for his vehicle. That’s when Dr. Shelton decided to raise money for his patients through his favorite hobby, fishing.
Patients receiving treatment at the Temple Cancer Center are screened for eligibility through the Social Worker based on hospital charity guidelines.
Official registration for the tournament is not until the third weekend in March, but registration forms will be available soon.
Participants can register several different ways this year. Early registration will be available online at http://www.chistlukeshealthmemorial.org. Registration will also take place at Academy in Lufkin from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and at the Cassels-Boykin Park Pavilion from Noon to 7 p.m., Friday, March 17, and 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. the morning of the tournament. The entry fee is $200 per team, one or two-person teams. There is a five-fish limit with culling allowed. Weigh-in for all fishermen starts at 1 p.m. and all contestants must be in the weigh-in line no later than 3 p.m. at Cassels-Boykin Park, Saturday, March 18. The top 10 heaviest stringers and top 3 big bass are awarded cash. All who register will be entered in a drawing for great prizes, including a prize valued at more than $750 from Beard Fine Jewelers, which will take place at the tournament weigh in. You must be present to win.
Many thanks to sponsors including Kwik Kopy Printing, Beard Fine Jewelers,Lufkin Coca Cola, Carroway Funeral Home, Consolidated Communications, First Bank & Trust East Texas, GENCO Federal Credit Union, Lockheed Martin, Whataburger, Chance Law Office, Y100, Hospice in the Pines, KICKS105, Academy and more, for their support.