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Hooked on a fishing tourney: Fallout Teen Center raises funds

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Cory Smith, left, and Tim Wheelon weigh in a catch at the benefit bass tournament.
(Submitted photo)
The Inaugural Fallout Teen Center Benefit Bass Tournament was held last weekend, with 22 boats putting in at Normandy Lake.

Chris Burke and Dale Giles took the tournament's top prize, weighing in a little more than 23 pounds of fishing bounty.

The event raised money for the Fallout Teen Center, a local non-profit which provides a safe place for local teens to play games, eat and hang out with friends on the weekend -- all while under adult supervision.

"We hope to make this an annual event," said director Kathy Gregory of the success of the tournament. "We want to see this become our core fundraiser for the center."

Quick growth

Fallout opened just 15 months ago, in the old Harris Middle School gym on Elm Street, and has served almost 200 local students.

As the center grows, Fallout hopes to offer tutoring assistance -- and even summer hours.

But funding remains a challenge for Fallout, which is supported by local churches, businesses and private donations.

"The community needs this center. The teenagers who come through the doors every weekend appreciate having a place to hang out together." Gregory said.

"Youth ministers, volunteers who enjoy working with young people are more than welcome to join us."

All volunteers must be willing to undergo a background check.

Rules keep it safe

Chris Burke and Dale Giles, left, took the top prize in the fishing tournament. Tim and Elizabeth Wheelon, center, placed second and the team of Scotty Sadberry and Cameron Sharpton placed third.
(Submitted photo)
On a student's first visit, a parent must fill out a permission slip. Then students are issued a free photo ID for use on subsequent trips to the center.

The center's rules require appropriate dress and respect for others.

No tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs or weapons are allowed and no outside food or drink may be brought into the facility. The center also prohibits public displays of affection, fighting, horseplay and profanity.

For more information on Fallout Teen Center, or to volunteer, contact Kathy Gregory at kathy.r.gregory@gmail.com.