Bulletin Staff Report

What a Family Services Centers representative described as a best-of-both-worlds weekend arrives again Saturday at Mountain View Lodge on Lake Brownwood.

The annual TexasBank Big Bass Benefit for FSC will be held from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, with a guaranteed first place prize of $3,000.

A $1,000 prize for the big bass of the tournament is also at stake.

“We are hearing from people from other parts of the state wanting to come back to the tournament,” Cindy Harris of Family Services said. “They enjoy it because it’s something the entire family can do together, and that’s exactly what we try to encourage. In addition, it also raises money the center needs for its programs.”

Tournament registration and check-in will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 5 to 6 a.m. next Saturday. Those registering on Friday will be invited to dinner compliments of Atmos Energy.

Fees are $60 for the open division, $30 for the women’s division and $20 for juniors.

Additional cash prizes of $1,375 will be awarded for second place, $825 for third place, $618.75 for fourth place, $412.50 for fifth place and $275 for sixth through 10th places, based on 250 participants.

Weigh-in time will be between 2:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Major sponsors include TexasBank, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Mountain View Lodge and Marina and Brownwood Sportsman Center. Sponsors are various prize winner levels in the open division include TexasBank, Landmark Life, Dean’s Marine, Dr. Edwin Green and ServiceMaster.

Big bass prize sponsors are The Sportsman Center and Bruner Auto Group.

Women’s division prize sponsors are Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Trans Texas Tire and Roberts & Petty. Junior division prize sponsors are Citizens National Bank and Union Presbyterian Church.

Entry forms can be downloaded from www.brownwoodchamber

.org.

Family Services Center is designed to strengthen individuals, children and families through professional counseling, education, advocacy, supportive services and collaboration, officials said. Prevention is considerd a key, but services are also offered after-the-fact. Adult literacy and children’s after-school reading programs are also offered.