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22nd Annual Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure Set for March 21

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A dream that began 22 years ago by the late Dr. Bill Shelton to raise money for needy cancer patients is still going strong today.  The 2015 Dr. Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure will be held Saturday, March 21 at Cassels-Boykin Park on Lake Sam Rayburn.  Proceeds from the tournament benefit indigent cancer patients at the St. Luke’s Health Temple Cancer Center.

Dr. Shelton, a local radiation oncologist, started this tournament as a way to raise funds to help his patients.  One particular patient shared his story with 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. 

Although official registration for the tournament is not until the third weekend in March, registration forms are now available.  Those interested in a


registration form can go online at or pick one up at St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin, Tri-Lakes Tackle in the Lufkin and Bass Strike Tackle in Zavalla.  Those interested in participating can also contact David Concienne, tournament director, at 409-720-9086 to receive a registration form. 

Participants can register several different ways this year.  Those interested in early registration can go online to to register.  Registration will also take place at Academy in Lufkin from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at the Cassels-Boykin Park Pavilion from Noon until 7 p.m., Friday, March 20, and 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. the morning of the tournament.  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 by 3 p.m. at Cassels-Boykin Park, Saturday, March 21.  All who register will be entered in a drawing for great prizes that will take place at the tournament weigh in. You must be present to win.

With the continued support of sponsors such as Kwik Kopy Printing, GENCO Federal Credit Union, First Bank & Trust East Texas, Consolidated Communications, Lockheed Martin, Carroway Funeral Home, Hospice in the Pines, the Chance Law Office, Lufkin Coca Cola, Brookshire Brothers, Beard Fine Jewelers, Blueberry Bogg and many more, this tournament continues to help patients in need at the Temple Cancer Center.

Tournament rules and regulations are available on the St. Luke’s Health Memorial website, For any questions or concerns, please contact David Concienne at 409-720-9086.

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