It began as a way to help a friend who’d lost his home to fire. Now, the Lake Vernon Fish Derby will continue in support of local charities.
Just 10 days before Christmas in 2018, Bob Lupton and his family lost their Britannia Road home to a fire. Friend Barry Groomes wanted to help out, so he gathered together some family and friends―his daughter Shelbie Groomes and wife Heather Groomes, and friends Tammie Lupton (Bob’s sister), Andy Malloy, Laurie Malloy, Andy Todd, Ron Earl, and John McAuley―to help organize a winter fishing derby.
That event in Feb. 2019, which raised $3,000 for Bob and his family, was such a success that they’re doing it again.
The second annual Lake Vernon Fish Derby will take place on Feb. 29, 2020 at Hutcheson Beach. The entry fee is $75, or register before Feb. 1 and pay the early bird fee of $50. To register, email [email protected] with your name, cell phone number and email address, and then send an e-transfer to the same address.
There will be cash prizes. Proceeds will benefit a local charity.
For more information, visit the Lake Vernon Fishing Derby page on Facebook.
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