Fishing Tournament Benefits Kennedy Branham

Columbia (WACH) -- It was a day spent on the lake for a good cause.

Dozens gathered for the first Fish for Kennedy tournament.

It's to raise money for Kennedy Branham, the Lexington teenager who died of cancer last December.

The proceeds of the tournament will help pay Kennedy's medical bills and start a scholarship fund.

"Kennedy Branham was a very well loved teenager in the Lexington community and we just thought of no better cause to have our first event of the year to raise money for." says Lauren Scurry, president of the Lexington Jaycees.

The Lexington Jaycees put on community events every year but wanted to do something different and to honor a cause that touches hearts across the community.

The group got local sponsors and even had prizes for winning teams.

"We decided to do a fishing tournament just because we wanted to do something a little different, we started to work on a golf tournament but decided those are pretty well done around town already so we really just set up the fishing tournament to do a little something different." says Scurry.

This is the first year an event like this has been put on.

As of this morning, 6 teams were registered. Nearly 30 showed up.

Winners took home up to 1500 dollars for bringing in the biggest largemouth bass.

Even those who didn't bring any fish back still contributed to a worthy cause.

"We really weren't sure before today so we are so excited to move forward with this next year. We're definitely going to make it an annual thing." says Scurry.