Fishing tournament to benefit local man awaiting heart transplant

Chris Black and his wife Tammy.
Chris Black and his wife Tammy.
Chris Black and his wife Tammy.

Two upcoming events will benefit 33-year-old Chris Black, a Bainbridge man who is awaiting a heart transplant to be done in November at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. Black has a wife, Tammy, and two children.

Up until recently, worked as the manager of the Hardee’s restaurant in Colquitt, Ga. While insurance is paying for most of the medical costs associated with the heart transplant, Black and his family will still have to pay a significant amount of money themselves. Black’s friends and family wanted to help, so they have organized an upcoming fishing tournament and a cornhole tournament.

The fishing tournament will be held on Saturday, August 23 at Cummings Landing, located off Georgia 253 South in Seminole County, GA, and will feature a cash payout and prize giveaways. To enter, fishermen can make a donation in the amount of their choice. Sponsors have been procured to pay for tournament and concession expenses, so all proceeds from tournament entries and a raffle will go toward Black’s medical bills.

Hots dogs, hamburgers, sausage dogs and drinks will be served for free during the tournament, however, anyone who would like to donate to make the tournament a success may do so. The tournament will start at safe daylight from Cummings Landing on August 23 and will conclude at 3 p.m. Only one fish will be counted per angler. The tournament will pay out to the top 20 anglers and minimum top awards include $500 for first place, $300 for 2nd place and $200 for third place. Some of the prizes that anglers can win include Costa del Mar sunglasses, Boyd Duckett fishing rods, European mounts and more.

The tournament’s organizers are also selling raffle tickets for chances to win a Big Green Egg grill. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets, and can be purchased at West Side Bait and Tackle on Spring Creek Road, the Mr. Pip’s convenience store on Colquitt Highway,  or the Live 101.9 studios on S. Scott Street.

For more information on the fishing tournament, call Lance Reynolds at (229) 400-2892 or Brad Reynolds at (229) 400-1848. You can also call Mandy Weathersby at (229 400-5509 for more information on how to help the Chris Black family.


Cornhole tournament to benefit Chris Black

There will also be a cornhole tournament to benefit Chris Black’s medical bills, on Saturday, Sept. 6, at D & D Lawnmowers, just outside Bainbridge City limits off U.S. 27 South. Registration will start at 9 a.m. and the cornhole tournament will start at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will also be given away and there will be concessions. For more information on the cornhole tournament, call (229) 220-6313 or (229) 400-2892.


Bank account set up for Chris Black’s medical fund

People who want to help out with Chris Black’s medical bills can also donate directly to a bank account set up on his behalf at People’s South Bank. Donations can be made out to “Chris and Tammy Black Medical Fund” and delivered to the People’s South branches in Bainbridge, Colquitt or Donalsonville. Fishing tournament organizer Lance Reynolds said he would also like to thank several local businesses that are helping out with the event. They include:

  • Mr. Pip’s
  • Nancy Gray Bowling Center
  • Headquarters
  • Reynolds and Jeffords
  • Harrell King
  • Quality Signs
  • Wearhouse Etc.
  • Live 101.9 FM
  • The Tanning Company
  • Westside Bait and Tackle

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