Nonprofit invites community to fish for a cause

Kenny, left, and Corey Sledge placed first place during last year’s 2016 Fishin’ for a Mission Bass Tournament hosted by nonprofit Soul Food Cafe Mission. The father and son fishing team won with a total weight of 16.63 pounds in bass fish.

Soul Food Cafe Mission’s Fishin’ for a Mission Bass Tournament is coming up fast.


Next Saturday, April 29, the faith-based, nonprofit will celebrate the tournament’s third year since its beginning in 2015.

Soul Food representative Amanda Parsons said so far they have about 16 teams signed up, but have plenty of room for more to register for the weekend fun.

She said early registration is $100 for a team of two people, but it ends April 27. While additional teams will be able to sign up the morning of the event until 5:45 a.m. a late fee of $15 will be added.

“This is a fun, family friendly event filled with excellent prizes, good food and participant packets loaded with goodies all for a worthy cause,” Parsons said.

All the proceeds from the tournament will go toward helping the organization complete its new building and expand the outreach those to those in the community who are in need.

“In our first two years, we raised $4,400 for Soul Food Cafe Mission and we hope to raise at least $3,000 this year,” Parsons said.

Teams will fish from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Beaverfork Lake in Conway. After the time is up, participants will be allowed to bring in no more than five of their biggest bass to the weigh in.

“After all teams have weighed in, scores will be tallied and prizes will be given out at the awards ceremony, which will take place at the pavilion immediately following the weigh in,” Parsons said.

Each team will compete for $2,500 in cash, including $200 for the big bass prize. First place pay out is $1,200. Other prizes include two Skeeter fishing rods and gift cards to Academy Sports and Outdoors, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, Kroger and more.

Food for the participants, family and friends will be provided by Simmons Bank-grill, Julie’s Sweet Shoppe and Smoothie King.

For more information or to register for the bass tournament, visit

Soul Food Cafe Mission is located in Conway and provides regular USDA food boxes, health and beauty aids, specialty items, clothing, haircuts, furnishings and appliances, continental breakfast and a hot lunch to people in the community while ministering to their spiritual needs as well.



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