Excerpted from the Cleveland County Star newspaper:
> A few years ago, the Special Olympics Cleveland County program’s account had less than $5,000. They couldnâ€™t afford uniforms.
> But then â€œGod put His handâ€ on a bass fishing tournament that now brings in thousands of dollars each year. More than $23,000 was presented at the school [recently] for the program that enriches dozens of lives.
> â€œEvery year it gets bigger and better,â€ said Peace, fishing tournament director and Eaton Corp. employee. â€œGod has had His hand on this tournament from day one.â€
> The benefit fishing tournament, in its fourth year, was held last month at Lake Norman. The event brought out about 120 boats and more than 200 sponsors participated. â€œThe sponsors continue to give,â€ Peace said. â€œWithout them, it would be nothing.â€
> Carol Goforth, coordinator for Special Olympics Cleveland County, said she looks forward to Peaceâ€™s phone calls throughout the year. â€œHe has turned our Special Olympics program around,â€ she said, fighting back tears. â€œIt takes a lot of effort.â€
I know he’s not the only bass fisherman out there doing good. Thanks to all from one bass-head for doing it, for helping folks, for making us all look good in the process.