Fishing event a success

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Despite Saturday's raining weather more than 100 people showed up at Hoyt's Catfish Pay Pond in Cardwell, Mo., to support "Fishing For a Cure" netting more than $7,000 for "Project Hope" and the American Cancer Society.

Fishing for a Cure raised money for Project Hope and the American Cancer Society but it also honored six area cancer survivors. Pictured are, from left: honorary cancer survivors Anita Evans, of Arbyrd, Mo., Sue Kellums, of Arbyrd, Dennis Thomas, of Arbyrd, and Chola Faye Rios, of Arbyrd. Not pictured - Jack McGrew, of Arbyrd, and John Wilder, of Kennett, Mo. (Town Crier photo/Christie Zolman)

"Fishing for a Cure" organizers Stacy Masters and Ivy Wooldridge hope to make it an annual event and want to thank all those that fished in the rain for a good cause. Staff members of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center had a booth set up to do face painting and to talk about Project Hope, which helps pay for mammograms for women who can't afford them.

There was food, drinks, door prizes, event tee shirts and a chance to win cash for catching an albino catfish all benefiting "Project Hope." There was also a silent auction and a drawing for a 17 (HMR) bolt action riffle to benefit the American Cancer Society. Congratulations to Bradley McPherson for winning the rifle, which was donated by Dave's Guns in Paragould.

When a storm moved through the Cardwell/Arbyrd area at about 10:30 a.m., the Saturday event attendees left their equipment at the pond and moved into the silent auction area to bid on items and wait out the storm enjoying food and catching up with friends. Although the thunder and lightening quit, the rain did not but that didn't stop people from going back to the pond and catching more fish.

At noon Masters and Wooldridge presented plaques to six honorary cancer survivors. Honorary survivors were Anita Evans, of Arbryd, Mo., Sue Kellums, of Arbyrd, Jack McGrew, of Arbyrd, Dennis Thomas, of Arbryd, and John Wilder, of Kennett, Mo.

Masters and Wooldridge were pleased with the turnout and want to thank all those that donated and volunteered to make the first annual "Fishing for a Cure" a success. The event raised $3,350 for the American Cancer Society and $3,727.20 for Project Hope.

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