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Saturday, October 21, 2017
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"Helping Kids For Over 40 Years"

Annual ROHO Fishing Tournament Big Success

Maynardville, TN – Despite near record lake levels and cold, wet conditions on the first day of the event, the annual ROHO Fishing Tournament to benefit the area’s needy children went in the books as one of the best ever.

When Saturday’s tournament began at Beach Island Marina, participants and ROHO members alike were buzzing about the Norris Lake water elevation which crested more than a week prior to the tournament at seven and a half feet above the lake’s full mark of one thousand and twenty feet (1020) above sea level. 

Although lake levels were still more than four feet above that mark Saturday, cold and rainy conditions on the opening day of the tournament added an even higher degree of difficulty for the diehard fishermen and supporters of the cause competing in the annual event.


Even with less than desirable conditions, ROHO members managed to sell more than 7,500 tickets for this year’s tournament, while generating better than $37,500 through ticket sales, which will be added to existing club funds to take 377 area needy children from the Tri-State area on a Christmas shopping spree this December.

The ROHO Club is a 100% non-profit organization that works exclusively for the benefit of the immediate area’s needy children, was formed more than 50 years ago by a group of area businessmen as a way to give back to the local community.  Five children were selected for the first shopping spree, and that number has grown drastically over the past five decades to upwards of 400.  For more information about the ROHOS, visit, or visit the club’s Facebook page at ROHO Charitable Trust.

2017 ROHO Fishing Tournament

Join us on May 6-7, 2017 for our annual fishing tournament at Beach Island Resort & Marina on Norris Lake. Tickets are only $5.


2017 ROHO Poster


Christmas For Kids

Shopping Spree 2016


Several area children had their Christmas wishes come true on Tuesday when members of RoHo teamed up with volunteers for the annual Christmas Shopping Spree. For the 46th annual event, more than 370 children participated from the Tri-State area.

The event started in 1970 with only five children and has grown to one of the largest Christmas events in the community.

“This is all for the kids and it’s the best community organization I’ve been involved with. There’s so many volunteers and helpers that help to make sure these kids get a good Christmas because they’re not going to get one at home,” said Kevin Barnett, RoHo President.

Bus loads of children filled the Middlesboro Walmart to fulfill their Christmas wish lists, speak with Santa and get a hot meal thanks to donations.

“This is our biggest event of the year and having so many people involved that look forward to helping, it basically runs itself. It’s great to see this all happening,” said Barnett.

Children, such as Powell Valley Elementary School kindergartner Kaitlin Brooks, teamed up with a volunteer to pick out clothing, toys and necessities.

“These kids are not selfish at all. Many of them try to get things for brothers or sisters or their mom or dad,” said Barnett.

Brooks chose a few dolls along with some winter clothing, socks and a new pair of shoes. Many of the toys she picked out were from the Disney hit movie, Frozen. She explained that Frozen is her favorite because she watches that movie with her sister.

Sandy Hensley volunteered with the group for her second year with PVES. She was in charge of the shopping cart as Brooks led her around the store, checking things off her wish list.

“It’s so much fun getting to watch them pick out what they want. It’s great to see this around Christmas,” said Hensley.

Meeting Place and Time

Middlesboro Country Club

The Roho Club is very grateful to the Middlesboro Country Club. They allow the Roho's to have a place to meet year round.  

We meet the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00PM.  If you are interested in becoming a member, make plans to attend a meeting for more details!

Donate to ROHO

Donate an amount of your choice to ROHO Charitable Trust.

All donations go to help our children!

ROHO Fishing Tourney

ROHO Fishing Tournament 

ROHO Fishing Club sponsors a fishing tournament each year to raise funds for our Kids' Christmas Shopping Spree.

Get more information on the fishing tournament by Clicking here.

Sponsor a Child

For a donation of $150, you can sponsor a child in our Annual Christmas Shopping Spree!