CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A local angler has partnered up again with the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy to put on the second annual Crappie for Canines Benefit Tournament on Sunday April, 13th at Chester Frost Park on Chickamauga Lake from 7:45 am - 1pm.

The tournament is being organized by avid crappie angler and GADA volunteer Candi Burrows.

"I began volunteering for GADA more than two years ago and last year, we graduated three dogs from the program, and got to witness firsthand the difference these dogs make in someone's life is amazing," Burrows says. "We had a wonderful turn out last year and hope this year will be even better. You are participating, with your donation in a life changing local program for our local disabled people.

Burrows says these dogs are trained in learning over 90 commands, that will be matched and partnered with someone free of charge because of donations and fund raising events like this.

"All proceeds raised will go to benefit the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy of Chattanooga organization" says Burrows

The Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy is a program that provides animal therapy and trained mobility service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities. Each service dog receives two years of training, learns over 90 commands, and performs skills such as opening and closing doors, turning on and off lights, and retrieving dropped or needed items. Every assistance dog is given away at no cost and includes lifelong behavioral and instructional support for each team. 

The tournament will be a catch and release event where anglers will weigh in their best five crappie.

The entry fee into the event will be $40 per boat. (Two anglers will be allowed per boat and children under to age of 10 are welcome to fish without counting as more than two anglers in the boat.)

Anglers can pre-register Friday, April 11,2014 at Tow Boat U.S. on Hwy 58 from 5:30 pm -7 pm or at Chester Frost Park boat ramp the morning of the tournament.

Prizes for the Tournament will be:
1st place
- $300 plus a MadDogs MasterPiece Custom Jig tackle pack.
2nd place -  2 Tow Boat U.S. Membership and Prize Package (Tote Bag, T-shirt, towel, key chain, lanyard, adhesive ruler) donated by Shane and Stacey O'Neal from TowBoat U.S. - Chickamauga Lake. (an additional $100.00 will go to the highest placing TowBoat U.S. member with unlimited towing)
3rd place - 2 Shimano Sellus UR rods and 2 Shimano Sonara Reels from DJ Marine and Electronics

Anglers who make an extra donation to GADA will be eligible to win a $100 Bass Pro Shop gift card that will be given out to the angler catching the biggest crappie in the event.

For those who cannot fish the tournament but would like to help out or make a donation in any way please contact Candi Burrows by email at

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