The first Fish Bowl Bass and Striper tournament benefiting The Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral will be held at Lake Texoma on September 7th. First place prize in the motorized Bass division is $10,000 (based on 150 boats). There are 30 cash prizes and special awards for kids 12 and under who enter the children’s tournament.
“We are excited to announce our new event and hope that fishermen get behind our tournament,” said Jan Taylor, development supervisor of The Toby Keith Foundation. “There are registration gifts for the first 200 individuals entering, dinner at the captain’s meeting and a few other surprise giveaways for those people getting on board quickly.” In addition, The Toby Keith Foundation is setting up a “REEL” family-fun area at Catfish Bay with food trucks, inflatables and vendor booths from 11am – 4pm. There will also be a unique touch a truck event from 11am – 2pm where families are encouraged to climb aboard the vehicles and honk their horns. Taylor continued, “Our hope is that this is the first year of an incredible fishing tournament and festival for the entire family.”
Participants registering by mail, should have their entry and payment postmarked by August 26 or they may register online by September 6th. Registrations received after August 26 will not include a Fish Bowl t-shirt or registration gift. Both the online and printable entries can be found at www.tobykeithfoundation.org/news-and-events.
Proceeds from the event benefit OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home for children battling cancer. Hundreds of children from across Oklahoma and surrounding states have stayed at OK Kids Korral while they are receiving cancer treatments. Ashlyn Hull's daughter, Lauralyn, has been traveling back and forth to the facility for years. “The Korral is not just a place to stay, it’s a home. The encouragement and support was felt as if we were all family. Still, to this day, almost two years in remission, it’s never-ending," said Hull.
Companies have stepped up to support the new event. Some of them will be at the family event on September 7th from 11am – 4pm at Catfish Bay. The title sponsor is Precision Construction out of Oklahoma City and Florida. Other sponsors who signed on quickly were Vernon Auto Group, Point Vista, Bank7, Norris Marine/Nitro Boats, Complete Landsculpture, Solid Start True Brand, The Choctaw Nation, AFR Insurance, YCI Insurance, Future Bass Team Trail and the Lake Texoma Association.
The Fish Bowl is the perfect combination of fishing, fun and giving back. For more information about the event, visit www.tobykeithfoundation.org/news-and-events.