The Ben Kruse Charity Crappie Tournament

More than just a golf tournament

Our charity started in late 1999 when a few people got together and had the idea of a golf tournament to benefit The V-Foundation. In our “rookie” year we intended to send all the money to the V-Foundation but when a local sponsor asked if any of the money was being kept local, we decided to continue to support the V-Foundation but decided to give the majority of the earnings away locally to families battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses in the form of “love offerings.” We will always be called The 18 Fore Life Foundation but in 2004 we lost one of our original founders, Ben Kruse, in a tragic ATV accident. We then began hosting many other activities throughout the year to help continue to support our cause. We have grown from raising $6,000 in our first year to giving away $150,000 in 2012 and very proudly gave away our millionth dollar in 2013!

The second biggest fundraising event that we host each year is The Ben Kruse Charity Crappie Tournament on Wappapello Lake. In our first year in 2011, we had over 40 boats of two-person teams participating and raised over $7,500. In 2012, we had 57 teams and raised over $10,000. In 2013, we had 72 teams and raised over $13,000. In 2014, we had 78 teams and raised over $20,000. In 2015, we had 84 boats and raised over $25,000. This year our tournament is Saturday, September 10th and we are hoping for over 90 teams and a goal of $27,500.

Any support that would help make our charity fishing tournament more successful would be greatly appreciated. We feel that the participants of our tournament and our charity supporters would be thrilled to know that you are considering partnering with us and helping support our cause. You can read more about our charity and see pictures from our prior tournaments and all the other activities we host at www.18forelife.com.

CLICK HERE TO SEE 2013 DETAILS AND RESULTS

 

2014 Tournament Results

 

Place

1st Partner
First Name
1st Partner
Last Name
2nd Partner
First Name
2nd Partner
Last Name

Total Weight

1

Scott Northern Frank Sifford

6.52

2

David Howard Wes Howard

6.22

3

Allen Chappell Jason Sandage

5.6

4

David Maddux Jeff Riddle

5.53

5

Brad Botsch Danny Walker

5.52

6

Edwin Younger David Tropf

5.39

7

Jackie Thompson Damon Thompson

4.63

8

Freddie Gilliland Vincent Sullivan

4.59

9

Josh McMullin Lance Sanders

4.55

10

Steve Comfort Jason Comfort

4.54

11

Sam Sandage Cheryl Sandage

4.45

12

Joe Guiling Brett Carrier

4.37

13

Chad McGowan Jessica McGowan

4.31

14

Gerry VanMatre Wayne Arnold

4.28

15

Reid Brotherton Sam Brotherton

4.28

16

Eric Blair Seth Walker

4.28

17

Robert Sanders David McMullin

4.22

 

2014 Big Fish Results

 

Place

1st Partner
First Name
1st Partner
Last Name
2nd Partner
First Name
2nd Partner
Last Name

Big Fish Weight

1

David Howard Wes Howard

1.56

2

Sam Sandage Cheryl Sandage

1.33

 

2014 Sponsors

 

Below Brothers Dirt LLC Stokes Mayberry Gin
D&D Trucking Bobby Garland Crappie Baits and Crappie Town
Bootheel Recycling Rod Sox
Bank of Advance Lakefork Tackle
Wappapello Crappie Club Bluff City Beer
Faurecia Southern Pro
Allen Christian Buick GMC Crappie USA
Cody Jines Trucking Ranger Boats
Cajun Wholesalers LLC Puxico Drug
Rivers West/Cascade Direct Slabber Daves
J.C. Enterprise Helena
BA Promotions PMS Steel
Christian Memorials & Signs Tyson Foods
Charles Kruse Farms Doug Cox/Dallas Buchanan/James Kauffman/R.D. Stewart Cooking Team
Brown Construction Ellis Battery
Driftmaster Minn kota Humminbird
Gaylord Soap Co. On The Go
R & V Works Mayberry Seed Co.
B’n’M Glazers
First National Bank MidSouth Tackle
Gill Group Strike King
Grizzly Jig First Baptist Church of Dexter
Sundowner Marine Lowe Boat
Adventure Products/EGO Net Wappapello Food Rite
Tite-Lok Charla Carrier
Kohlfeld Distributing

 

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