Dreams Come True Bass Classic to be held Saturday

Staff reports

STEPHENSVILLE—With a trio of lure-snapping prizes, including a first-place team payoff of a guaranteed $10,000, the sixth annual Brian Harris Chevrolet’s Dreams Come True Bass Classic is expected to be the organization’s most successful ever.

The tournament is scheduled March 7, headquartered at Doiron’s Landing in Stephensville.

The largest bass caught by either member of the two-man teams will be worth $2,500. A grand door prize for classic fishermen of an all-expenses paid Ron Speed Adventures bass fishing trip in Mexico – including air fare – will be offered to one lucky angler.

Entry fee is $225 per boat. The field will be limited to the first 200 boats.

Entry forms are available on line at: and will soon be available at Brian Harris Chevrolet, Himmel’s Hardware in Prairieville, all LeBlanc Food stores and at Doiron's Landing.

Fishermen can fish launch on either side of the levee and run as far as they like. Rodrigue emphasizes that anglers must take out on the same side of the levee where they launched.

Wildlife and Fisheries officials will be on hand to assist in case of health or medical problems.

Fishermen may begin checking in at Doiron’s Landing as early as 4:30 a.m. and start leaving at 5 a.m. Check-in will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The tournament is one of a few fund-raisers held by Dreams Come True, in its 26th year of providing dreams to South Louisiana children with life-threatening illnesses.

The organization funds 40-to-45 dreams annually. Other events staged to raise the much-needed funds include a golf tournament, a dance, a bakery sale and a Christmas party for Dreams Come True children.

Dreams Come True has no national affiliate and is strictly a local organization that has provided dreams for youngsters in 11 area and other nearby parishes upon request.

Dreams Come True was formed in 1983 by J. L. Nesmith is strictly a local organization and has no ties to national organizations. DCT is composed of only volunteers, governed by a 12-member board of directors.

The total number of dreams furnished since the inception of the local program has grown to over 400 at a cost exceeding $1,000,000.

Requests for dreams for children are given to a local oncologist, who reviews medical information to ensure that all children qualify for a dream. The DCT interview committee visits the child to determine their dream request and the DCT board votes on the child and the dream, which can cost no more than $3,000.

Over 96 per cent of money collected through fund raisers go to the children. The remainder is used for paying liability insurance, bond insurance for the board members and mailing fees.