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Fishing tournament benefits pets

About 400 anglers in 197 boats turned out for the Ryan Newman Foundation Sixth Annual Charity Fishing Tournament this month on Lake Norman in North Carolina.

The top team of Ron Wolfarth, 56, from Oakboro and Larry Inman, 67, of Greensboro took first place. They took home the $40,000 boat package, the cash prize for the senior division and a pile of other prizes.

"It was a rough day on the lake, real windy and real cold first thing," said Wolfarth. "The lake just went up several feet this week. We fished our spots and lucked out."

The big bass of the event weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was brought in by the third-place, husband-and-wife team of John and Angela Mayo from Maiden. They won the husband/wife division and took home the trophy for the big fish.

On Friday night and Saturday, the gala dinner and auction annual fundraiser for the Ryan Newman Foundation was sold out. Officials said the tournament raised more than $300,000 for the foundation. Organizers hoped to top last year's take of $312,000.

The Newman Foundation is dedicated to educating and encouraging people to spay or neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters; to educate children and adults about the importance of conservation; and to provide college scholarship funding to students interested in auto racing careers.

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