Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend at the FLW Forrest Wood Cup

FLW Pro Cody Kelley Fishing, invited us and the rest of the family to participate with them as they raised awareness and funds for the Special Olympics Arkansas (SOAR).  It wasn't even a decision.  We loaded up early Saturday morning and made the drive to Hot Springs, AR where the FLW Forrest Wood Cup was taking place.




Cody Kelley and others, not sure of everyone, but I don't want to insult anyone b/c so many helped, organized a SOAR fishing derby early Saturday morning.  We weren't able to make it for the derby.  But we were front and center when the winners were recognized on stage before the day 3 weigh-in.  What an awesome day for them.  The crowd was absolutely incredible.






The Cody Kelley Fishing team also organized a raffle with all proceeds benefiting SOAR.  Below was what the table looked like before the word got out.




As the vendors learned about the effort underway, they all came over and provided something for the raffle.  Here is what the table of donated items looked like minutes before the raffle, ~$3K in tackle, apparel, and merchandise.  Many thanks to them!  Good people doing good things.





I had intended to volunteer Saturday and fish on Sunday.  But after witnessing what was taking place, there was no chance I could leave.  I was just as excited about participating Sunday, as I typically am the morning before I go fishing.  We found a hotel and went back to work for this incredible cause again Sunday morning.

The family, less a few that couldn't make it this time

Justin Moore was performing, lots of vendors offering discounts, all things fishing was happening...but I wasn't interested, so sorry there aren't any pictures of the latest gear or reviews.  However, I heard Eric Jackson was in the house.  My wife wanted to yell at him for all the time I spend w/ my mistress, JK Cuda 12.  So we went and said hi.  Had a great visit, EJ's a cool dude.




In the end, over $1,700 was raised for SOAR.  It was a life changing experience to say the least.  To everyone, who did something...you did a good thing, thanks!!

Cody Kelley Fishing on Facebook




8 comments:

  1. Wonderful happenings, good cause.

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    1. Thx Alan, happy to have been a small part of it.

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  2. I worked for many years with folks with developmental disabilities and I can only I that I know first hand how much Special Olympics means to them and their families. Good job to everyone involved.

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    1. That's awesome Howard. It was a small view into the SOAR world, but it was an experience I'll never forget.

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  3. Some really awesome stuff, man! Sounds like a great cause, and a good time for all.

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    1. Thx man, it was a great weekend for sure.

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  4. Drew
    So bless with individuals in this country who make a difference everyday for a cause----thanks for sharing

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    1. The convention center was full of individuals making a difference last weekend. It was great to witness all the generosity!

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