Fishin' for a Mission is gearing up for its 2018 Benefit Fishing Tournament.
Centennial Bank's Eric King presented Fishin' for a Mission board member Beth Sketoe and tournament co-director Amanda Parsons with a check for $5,000 Thursday as a presenting sponsor for the event.
Parsons said this year, their fourth to host the fishing tournament, is a big deal because they're "taking a leap of faith" and moving the event from Conway's Lake Beaverfork to Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas.
"This new venue will create an atmosphere of a true bass tournament, drawing more publicity for ourselves and our sponsors," she said.
In addition, Parsons said, the move will allow for more participants, which in turn means more money raised for charity.
She said at Lake Beaverfork, they had a limit of around 30 boats.
"The biggest thing is there's no limit," Parsons said. "With Lake Dardanelle, you have the entire Arkansas River they can fish."
This year's proceeds, she said, will benefit Soul Food Cafe Mission in Conway and Community Connections in Russellville.
"[Community Connections] is a nonprofit organization in central Arkansas that provides free extracurricular activities for children with disabilities as well as support for their parents [and] guardians," Parsons said.
She said there will also be a fishing derby for the CC children of Russellville to participate in just before the weigh-in and awards ceremony.
King said the two entities, Fishin' for a Mission and Community Connections, are two causes that Centennial Bank wanted to support.
The Fishin' for a Mission tournament will be held at 6 a.m. April 28.
Entry for registration begins March 3 with early bird costs $110 per boat of two people.