Fishermen and women from across Oklahoma are invited to Foss Lake this weekend and cast their lures to support cancer research.
Saturday’s 23rd Frank Wohl Memorial Bass Tournament will benefit the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Wohl, a fishing enthusiast and businessman from Clinton, died in 1985 of cancer. The tournament was organized the next year to pay tribute to Wohl and turn his favorite pastime into a way to support research in the disease that claimed his life.
The tournament has raised more than $41,000 for OMRF since 1986.
“Cancer has touched all of our lives,” said co-organizer Nancy Brooks said. “My mother was diagnosed with cancer last year, and Frank’s daughter died of the disease, too.”
Brooks said that, as boating is her family business, it’s their way of helping fight the disease.
“We are happy to be able to continue this tradition each year,” said her husband and co-organizer Lance Brooks. “Frank would have liked that.”
In addition to cash prizes for entrants there will also be a raffle for a 12-foot pontoon boat by Buster Boat.
The two-day event kicks off with a banquet and auction at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. The tournament itself begins Sunday, Oct. 12, at 5:30 a.m. and ends with a 3:00 p.m. weigh-in.
Tournament entries are still being accepted. For more information, call Brooks Marina at 877-243-2485.
OMRF (omrf.org) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human disease. Chartered in 1946, its scientists focus on such critical research areas as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, lupus and cardiovascular disease.