Nice catch

Kevin Ward, an individual supported by The Arc of Oswego County, holds up a king salmon he caught during the Alex Sheldon Memorial Fishing Tournament.

FULTON — The Arc of Oswego County, a non-profit organization based in Fulton that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted the Alex Sheldon Memorial Fishing Tournament recently.

The tourney was held in honor of an individual who received services through The Arc and passed away unexpectedly over the winter.

Sheldon, an individual supported by The Arc of Oswego County, had participated in a fishing trip through the agency’s Respite program last summer and had a great time, prompting the agency to establish the tournament in his memory.

The agency’s Respite Program organized the tournament, which included five charter boats from K&G Lodge in Oswego. Individuals were able to take home a variety of prizes for participating, including gift cards to Gander Mountain, paint-your-own fishing lure blanks and keychain tape measures.

After the tournament, The Arc held a picnic at the Ancient Order of Hibernians. This gave individuals and their families — as well as Alex Sheldon’s family — the opportunity to share memories of Alex and stories about their time on the water.

“We’re proud to keep Alex’s memory alive through this tournament,” said Executive Director Laurie Davis.

The tournament, which was free of charge to individuals participating in The Arc of Oswego County’s Respite program, was made possible by a donation from the family of Alex Sheldon and by a Recreation Grant from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services.

Prizes were donated by Gander Mountain, while Ancient Order of Hibernians members donated their time to grill and serve lunch.

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