Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure set for final run

Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure set for final run

From CHI St.Luke's Memorial Hospital

LUFKIN, TX - This year's Dr. Bill Shelton's Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Cassels-Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn.  This will mark 25 years and the final year for the tournament.  The tournament, started by the late Dr. Bill Shelton, raises money for needy cancer patients seeking treatment in East Texas at the CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial 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.

Registration forms will soon be available.  Those interested in a registration form can go online at www.chistlukeshealthmemorial.org or will be able to pick one up at CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin, Tri-Lakes Tackle in Lufkin and Academy in Lufkin.  Those interested in participating can also contact tournament director David Concienne at 409-720-9086 or Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613.

Fishermen can register the day before the tournament (Friday, March 17) 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. They can also register the morning of the tournament at the Pavilion from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.  Early registrations will be accepted online through Thursday, March 16.  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 $1000 and a $500 gift card from Brookshire Brothers, which will take place at the tournament weigh in. You must be present to win.

With the continued support of the community including Hook, Line and Sinker sponsors such as Kwik Kopy Printing, Brookshire Brothers, Carroway Funeral Home, Consolidated Communications, First Bank & Trust East Texas , GENCO Federal Credit Union, Lockheed Martin, Lufkin Coca Cola, Whataburger and many more, this tournament will help patients in need at the Temple Cancer Center.

Tournament rules and regulations are available on the CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial website, www.chistlukeshealthmemorial.org.  For questions or concerns, please contact David Concienne at 409-720-9086 or Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613.

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.