From 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, intrepid, skilled and lucky anglers all can reel in potentially prize-winning fish during a day on the river, while simultaneously supporting the programs of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
Proceeds from the second annual Getting Hooked on Helping Children Open Bass Tournament will be directed to the Children’s Home Society’s Charleston locations, the Davis Child Shelter and the CHSWV Permanency Program.
Held in conjunction with the West Virginia United Bass Masters, the tournament will leave shore on Saturday morning at the Frontier Pier along the Kanawha River in Kanawha City.
Also for the second year, East Bank resident Rodney Cordell is organizing the fishing fundraiser. A member of the Teamsters Union, Cordell explained that the union has designated the CHSWV as its charity of choice for several years.
“Every year, throughout the year, we have programs to make money for the Children’s Home Society. It culminates at Christmastime, with a huge blowout with toys and food and money,” Cordell said.
The Teamsters have also held bass tournaments for union members over the years, and merging the two endeavors struck Cordell as a splendid way to help the CHSWV.
The 2018 fishing fundraiser lured 18 boats onto the river and raised more than $7,000, Cordell said.
“We had about 40 sponsors for the first one,” he said, “and we’ve surpassed that this year. We’re also trying to get it up to 50 boats this year. We’re trying to surpass what we did last year and I feel pretty confident we will.”
Sponsors have also helped with a bevy of donations for the event, this year and last, he said.
“We have donations of fishing poles to give away,” he said. “We’re going to have a big cookout afterward and give fishing poles away to kids. If somebody brings their kids, we have games going on and we’ll give poles away, trying to get kids into fishing.”
Saturday’s tournament will also feature giveaways and raffles, for items such as gift cards and custom, high-end sunglasses, among many others.
“People are pretty good about donating for something to do with kids; they want to help out a lot, and that’s a good thing. We’ve gotten a lot of nice things donated this year,” Cordell said.
Headquartered at 1145 Greenbrier St. in Charleston, the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia houses an Adoption Resource Center for prospective and approved adoptive parents, birth parents and children. Services include home studies, foster care and adoptive-home certifications, counseling, adoptive and foster care placements and post-adoptive programs.
The Davis Child Shelter at the Greenbrier Street site provides services such as:
• 24-hour “eyes-on” supervision of children ages 12 to 19
• individual and group counseling
• public school access and onsite educational and basic living skills enhancement.
For further information about the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, visit www.childhswv.org or send email correspondence to email@example.com. For more information regarding the Davis Child Shelter, contact Scott Foley at 304-345-3894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up for Saturday’s tournament or obtain additional information, contact Rodney Cordell at 304-545-4287 or email@example.com