Fishing tourney will once again raise funds for Kosair Charities program

-A A +A
By Mary Barczak

MOUNT WASHINGTON--Grab your bait and rod and come on down to the annual fishing tournament.

The Mount Washington FOP Lodge #82 will once again be sponsoring Fishing for Kosair Kids crappie tournament April 26 at Taylorsville Lake State Park.  Registration will be from 5 to 6:30 a.m. at Settler’s Trace. Cost is $50 per boat.

Participants may fish by themselves or with a partner at the Possum Ridge Boat Ramp. They can bring their own boat (with a working live well) or rent one from the arena for the event, said Dan Kelty, one of the coordinators of the event.

The tournament will start at 7 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Those interested in fishing must have at least one person in the boat that is at least 18 years old.

Each person or team’s best 15 fish will be weighed.

“Everything’s fair game,” he said. “As long as it’s caught during the tournament hours.”

The winner will receive $500 (based on 50 boats).

Kelty said you don’t have to fish to be a part of the fun. There will also be a cookout and raffles after the tournament. Those interested in donating items for the raffle, sponsoring the tournament or pre-registering for the event can contact Kelty at 588-5182 or Tim Morris at 502-773-0866.

He said last year they had 40 boats out on the lake and they hope to have even more this time.

Last year, the tournament raised about $7,000 for Kosair Charities. It was named Kosair's largest new event for 2013, said Erin Fischer, director of special events at Kosair Charities in Louisville.

The organization generally accumulates about $19 million a year in donations which helps places such as Home of the Innocents and the Ronald McDonald House with research, pediatric and financial support.

Fischer said they are grateful for the contribution because it’s helped them to continue Kosar’s mission.

“Not only are they raising money but they’re also raising awarenss in the Mount Washington community,” she said.