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A ROHO fishing day

The mission of providing children with a spectacular Christmas begins in the summer.

The time is drawing near for the annual ROHO fishing derby and fundraising campaign — a tradition that is coming into its 48th year.


ROHO derives its namesake from famous celebrity personality Archie Campbell and has been in operation since 1965. As an offshoot of The Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) the ROHOs are a group of dedicated gentlemen who strive to provide opportunities to local disadvantaged schoolchildren.


Held at the Beach Island Resort and Marina/Bubba Brew’s Sports Pub & Grill, the tournament will take place on May 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 7 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each or $130 for 30 tickets. Each contestant is eligible to win door prizes as well cash prizes.

As with every year, the money raised from ticket sales will go toward an early December Christmas shopping spree for hundreds of children at the Middlesboro Walmart. The children are selected by faculty from 29 schools in five counties. The children will be allotted $110 for new clothes and $40 for toys, totaling $150 each. Along with the money, the children will also receive a new pair of shoes courtesy of a generous local business. The children will be attended by adult volunteers from local schools, businesses and civic organizations.


The ROHO fishing derby and fundraising campaign is a time honored tradition for the community as well as a wonderful chance to give back and help those in need. For more information on sponsors, on where to purchase tickets, and participating schools and businesses contact ROHO Charitable Trust, Inc. at 606-248-3047 or visit their website at www.rohofishing.org.

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