Friends and family of Craig White have hosted a fishing tournament in his memory for the past 10 years. The funds raised have been distributed to individuals or families who find themselves down on their luck.
“Craig was a giving person,” his brother Todd Henderson said. “He would never turn anyone down even if he only had a dollar and it looked like someone needed it more than he did.
“That’s why we established the fund in his name — to help people the way he did.”
White died in the summer of 2000 while camping at Peabody Country Club. A gun he was carrying accidentally discharged. He was able to get to a nearby farm for help, but died a short time later.
“People have been generous and support for the tournament has been good,” Henderson said. “We just feel that it is about to reach the end.
“We still have some funds available to help people who need it,” he said. “But we would rather stop on a positive note so this will be the last year for the tournament.”
The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. June 4 at Peabody Country Club. Two-person teams will pay a $20 entry fee and be able to fish from the bank at the country club or at their favorite fishing hole.
Participants must have a valid Kansas fishing license and Kansas creel limits apply. Only flatheads and catfish may be entered — no bullheads. Fish may be released to the club lake.
The weigh-in will be 3:30 to 4 p.m. Absolutely no late weigh-ins will be allowed.
The entry fee includes a meal of hot dogs, chips, and coffee or soda after the tournament. Winners will be announced and prizes distributed.
The NDN Burger Band will play at 6 p.m. and the Code Blue Blues Band will perform at 8 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion, Post 95 in Peabody. For more information or to donate food or raffle items contact Henderson at (620) 983-2451, Mark Levering at (620) 983-2221, or Brett O’Dell at (620) 983-2097.