Lure for a Curebass tourney at Reelfoot Lake
The Jennifer Dowdy Sullivan Memorial Nursing Scholarship Foundation will host the third annual Lure for a Cure buddy bass tournament Saturday at Reelfoot Lake.
Teams may sign in beginning at 5:30 a.m. and blastoff from Kirby Pocket at 6:30, with the weigh-in at 3 p.m. Teams will be competing for their share of a guaranteed payout of $2,250. The entry fee is $100 per boat, which includes the big bass fee, with 10 percent or one in every 10 boats of field receiving cash payback.
The offical weigh-in will be hosted by Tammy Guess, member of Women Bass Fishing Association. She will host seminars at the pre-tournament meeting Friday. She has conducted seminars all around the United States and makes them fun and entertaining for all the men and women participating, according to organizers.
There will be a $200 prize for a pre-registration drawing to be held at Friday night’s tournament meeting. To be eligible for this drawing, teams should have pre-registered by Wednesday, as stated in the entry forms found at many local businesses around Reelfoot Lake. Teams registering after Wednesday will still be eligible for all other door prize drawings to be held at the meeting.
Second-year sponsor Bass Pro Shop and representative Chris Tulloch of Memphis have pledged great prizes and goodies for the teams again this year, a spokesman said. Gander Mountain of Paducah has pledged prizes for each participant.
Organizers said team participants can expect to receive tournament rules, their boat numbers, goody bags, door prizes, food, fun and fellowship at this meeting and we encourage all pre-registered participants and people wanting to enter the tournament to attend and bring their immediate family with them.
In addition to the door prize drawings for team participants, a “Bass Widow” drawing will be conducted. For the women not participating in the tournament — often known on tournament trails as “Bass Widows” — there will be the “Bass Widow” drawing and for the boys and girls younger than age 12 will be the “Bass Orphans” drawings, as they, too, often get left behind while the participants are on the lake in search of the “Big One.”
The JDSM Foundation, is a non-profit foundation that has awarded 43 nursing scholarships since their establishment in 1998. Formed in memory of Jennifer Sullivan, a dedicated and caring nurse from Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky., friends and relatives have seen Ms. Sullivan’s legacy of helping others live on through benefits such as Lure For A Cure. Scholarships are distributed in the four-state area of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri. Nursing students must meet certain academic criteria, to be eligible to apply for a scholarship and must attend UT Martin, West Kentucky Tech and Vocational College, Shawnee Community College or South East Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
There are over 30 sponsors contributing to this years “Lure For A Cure” tournament.
Entry forms may also be obtained by down loading from the foundation’s Web site at www.jennjam.org.
For further information, call 538-4943.
Organizers said spectators are invited to come out for the weigh-in and see teams try to beat last year’s weight total.
Published in The Messenger 4.29.08