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Benefit bass tourney

Published 11:43am Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center to hold second annual event

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In order to raise awareness for child abuse, as well as funds for operational expenses, the Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center will be hosting a second annual benefit bass tournament.

“We try to raise awareness of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect so that people can help prevent the problem and help children that are suffering from it,” said Margaret Barnes, director of the Tri-County CAC. “It is a sensitive topic that people don’t like to discuss. Raising awareness, however, can help protect children.”

The bass tournament will be held April 27 at Wind Creek State Park. It will begin at safe daylight and continue until 2 p.m.

The entry fee is $100 per boat, which can be paid at time of registration.

Registration can be mailed to:

Tri-County Advocacy Center

ATTN: Margie Barnes

287 North Tallassee Street, Dadeville, AL 36853.

Cash or check will be accepted.

Prizes will be awarded to those who place first through fourth place. First place will receive $1,000, second will win $500, third will receive $250 and fourth place will get $150.

“We are here to provide a safe place where children can talk about abuse and provide a place where children can receive therapeutic services to bring about healing,” Barnes. “All proceeds raised will go toward prevention and treatment of child abuse in Tallapoosa, Randolph and Chambers counties.”

The Tri-County CAC served more than 300 new children last year and conducted more than 800 therapy sessions.

All tournament entrants have the option to enter the big fish pot for an additional $10.

There will be a five fish limit, with a 12-inch minimum length. No alcohol can be consumed during tournament hours, and there will be an eight-ounce penalty per dead fish. No live bait or trolling will be permitted, and no culling will be allowed at the weigh-in site. Late weigh-ins will be disqualified.

Winners will be subject to polygraph testing. All decisions made by the tournament director and committees are final.

For more information and a complete list of rules, contact the Tri-County CAC at 256-825-0094.