Jacob Dude Turner Memorial Catfish Tournament fundraiser

The 8th Annual Jacob Dude Turner Memorial Scholarship Team Catfish Tournament is set for Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 22-23 at Rocky Point Pavilion, Lake Wright Patman.
The foundation was established in order to give back to the community in Jacob’s memory. 
J.G. Tuner said the tournament is in memory of his son who always enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors and fishing.
 “He was a good boy and had a good heart,” Turner said. 
This year the foundation awarded four scholarships to Linden-Kildare graduates, distributed funds to teachers through grants and donated to local community organizations including, Big Bird Crawfish Boil, teacher grants, Cass County Coon Hunters for cystic fibrosis, and the Cass County Rodeo Association. 
Turner said the funds raised through the fishing tournament will continue to support local community events and organizations. 
He says whatever they raise “we give it all away.” 
Jacob’s father said participation in the annual tournament continues to grow each year. 
The tournament is organized by families and friends. Without the support of the community the event wouldn’t be possible. 
Jacob’s untimely death has been hard on the Turner family over the years but the annual event has brought comfort to Jacob’s family and friends as they celebrate his life surrounded by extended family members and numerous friends at the lake.
Turner said it is through the hard work of lots of volunteers that make this fundraising event possible. Adding, volunteers do a fantastic job each year. 
He appreciates all of the people who contribute and support the Turner Foundation. A special thanks to all of the sponsors and volunteers. 
Turner said the event gets better each year and continues to grow.
He hopes this year’s event is bigger and better than ever as the Foundation marks its fifth year.
Turner said, with excitement, he is looking forward to seeing all the trophy winning fish as they come in for the weigh in and those special, big fish photographic moments. 
The rod and reel division is just as exciting, as large stringers of fish are reeled in and photographed. 
This is a great opportunity for grandparents, fathers and sons to come together and fish. Turner said that is what is so exciting about it, seeing all those grandfathers, dads and sons together. 
“You don’t have to be camping or fishing to see all this excitement over the weekend,” Turner said. “Just come out and joined in.”  
A highlight of the events and activities planned for this year follows:
Two fishing tournaments will be held to raise money for the foundation. The trotline division will begin at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20. The rod and reel division will be held from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Sept. 23. Trophies will be awarded in both divisions, entry fee is $50 per team and will enter contestants into both divisions. 
Entry forms can be found at Trico Lumber Company, Queen City Pawn and Wood Grocery. 
Tickets are also available at these locations for a 45 Quart Yeti cooler donated by Trico Lumber Company and a Ruger Mini 14 Target .223 donated by the foundation.
Food and entertainment begins each evening at 5 p.m. 
A hamburger supper will take place at the pavilion with live music following on Friday, Sept. 22. 
A fish fry will start at 5 p.m. on Sept.23 at the pavilion followed by a raffle, door prizes and trophies. 
The fish fry was donated by Catfish King, Catfish Village and Wildflower Inn.
A live auction will get underway at 7 p.m. of items donated by local businesses and individuals under the big tent. 
Donations for the auction may be dropped off at the home of J.G. Turner or call him and he will be happy to pick up the items. Turner added, all donations are accepted and appreciated. 
“It is our honor to share your support with our local children and supporters,” Palmer said.
For more information contact J.G. Turner at 903-824-8835 or email jacobdudeturner@gmail.com.

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