Alabama Anglers Raise Money for Children’s Shelter

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Builder Brian Armstrong holds the red drum fish he caught at the Baldwin County HBA annual fishing tournament.

Members of the Baldwin County HBA in Fairhope, Alabama celebrated Father’s Day on June 15 with a fishing tournament that raised $3,600 for a local children’s shelter – because the anglers gave all their hard-earned winnings away.

Care House, an organization that serves county children who are victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse, has long been a beneficiary of HBA members’ charitable efforts: Every year, members hold a toy drive and the annual Parade of Homes features a showcase home where visitor donations go directly to Care House.

But this year, the annual fishing tournament, which also benefits the charity, had a special twist, HBA executive vice president Fran Druse explained.

“Because the tournament is held so close to Father’s Day, many of our members bring their sons or daughters to fish with them,” Druse said. Prizes are given for the most spectacular catches and the members and their families enjoy a riverside barbecue as part of the festivities.

In the past, the money collected (after tournament expenses) from entry fees and sponsorships has been used to provide the prizes, with a 60-40 split with Care House. But this year, as the members gathered with their children to hear which of the 57 participants had won, something different happened.


Members and their families enjoyed dinner provided by Big Daddy’s Grill.

Every winner – except one angler who was not an HBA member – donated his or her prize money right back into the pot for Care House, bringing to tears officials from the charity who attended the tournament.

“It just really touched everybody,” Druse said. “It was the biggest crowd we’d ever had, and the most money we’d ever raised was about $600” before this year’s event.

“All of it went back to them. It was so wonderful,” said Druse.


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