Texas Black Bass Unlimited is planning what is shaping up to be “The Event of The Year,” a fund raising event to place channel markers in the Trinity River on Lake Livingston from the Highway 190 bridge to the Highway 19 bridge. As many of you know running that area of the Lake can be treacherous, very hard on lower units and hulls, not to mention the danger of being thrown from your boat by hitting a submerged log or stump, which will sure ruin a good fishing trip every time. The event will consist of a lavish banquet that will be held on Friday evening October 15th at The Woodlands Conference Center and Resort. This is truly a “World Class” Resort nestled in the serenity of the East Texas forest in southern Montgomery County. Just 40 minutes north of Houston and 20 minutes south of Lake Conroe, it boasts some of the finest golf courses in the Country, home of the prestigious “Houston Open.” The Tennis Facilities is also “World Class” and includes one of the most luxurious indoor facilities around. I can tell your from personal experience that after a candlelight dinner in the Glass Menagerie Restaurant, overlooking the Lake with the adjacent Country Club and Golf Course, you and your guest will have a most memorable culinary experience. Rooms will be available at the Woodlands Inn at special discounted rates for anyone participating in the event. Meet old friends and make new ones. At the Friday evening Banquet an Auction will be held in which you will have the opportunity of bidding on a host of items including Fully Rigged Bass Boats, Trolling Motors, Depth Finders, Rods, Reels, and Guided Fishing Trips with Famous Fishing Pros all of which that have been donated by GALA sponsors. Not only will you enjoy a fantastic weekend in a Luxurious Resort but you will have an excellent opportunity to make a “great deal” at the Auction. Boots Follmar Marine has graciously agreed to donate 50% of the proceeds of their Annual Super People Tournament to the Livingston River Marking Project. Follmar Marine hosts an annual tournament to show appreciation to their customers. This years event will be held at Stow-A-Way Marina on Lake Conroe. Boots, Alice, Vicki and Chris Follmar want to personally invite, all sponsors and the fishing and boating public, to participate in the Tournament and festivities. This is a family oriented event that includes a Parent/Child Division, a Husband/Wife Division as well as a Team Division and a Special Celebrity Division. At the Banquet the back seat of the Celebrity Boat will be auctioned off. You will have an opportunity of fishing with the likes of TV fishing show host John Hope as well as National Fishing Professionals. There will be many exciting things to see and do the day of the Tournament, such as, Sponsor’s Boat Displays, a Kids Casting Contest, Tackle and Boating Equipment Displays and Free Boat Rides, Refreshments just to name a few, not to mention the great giveaway items. Every year the Follmars and their Staff work very hard to get great giveaway items for their Tournament. There will be fishing rods, life jackets, batteries, outboard props, outboard oil and many other items too numerous to list here. Stow-A-Way Marina, which is located on a calm protected cove on the north end of Lake Conroe, makes a great place to spend the day or entire weekend, for that matter. From their beautifully rustic log cabin style Grocery Store and Restaurant, Covered Pavilion, Campground with paved roads, hookups and hot showers, Beach Area to their shade tree covered spectator area for the Weigh-in Stage there is something to make your day comfortable and enjoyable. For information on Entry Fees and Rules contact Vicki Follmar at 713-649-2709. TBBU, as many of you know, is an all volunteer tax exempt, non-profit, statewide organization that is dedicated, with direction, to the protection and enhancement of the State’s fishing resources. They work closely with the Texas Parks & Wildlife and the States Legislature toward the positive achievement of their goals. TBBU believes in doing things to help provide a Drug Free environment for kids. Last year in Dallas the TBBU sponsored Conservation Fishfest Banquet and Celebrity Fishing Tournament rose over $31,000.00 that was donated toward the construction of the new State Super Hatchery. Ticket sales to the GALA are off to a great start with over 11 Platinum Sponsor Tables already sold. Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis so get your order in early. Platinum Tables will seat 12 at the banquet and are selling for $1,000.00. Gold Tables are $750.00, Silver Tables are $500.00. Gold and Silver Tables seat 10. Individual Tickets are $50.00 and an Event Ticket is just $25.00. For ticketing information call Bruce Schuler, who heads the Ticketing Committee, at 713-334-3346. Anyone wishing to attend and or participate in the event as a Sponsor, Advertiser or Auction Item Contributor should call one of the following Steering Committee Members. For Auction Items contact Rick Dixon at 713-875-0300 or Lonnie Hernandez at 713-783-2961. If you would like to have a booth at the GALA contact Woodie Amos at 713-353-6031 or Ed Churchman at 713-648-3253. For advertising information in the Commemorative Program, Inland Fisheries Magazine, GALA Posters or Flyers contact Pat McCarty at 409-856-8537. Do your part to make Texas freshwater fisheries more productive and safer places to fish and boat. The lifeblood of any organization is it’s membership. To accomplish these positive programs we would like to personally invite you to join TBBU and become a part of this worthwhile program. Help support TBBU in their effort to make Lake Livingston a safer place to boat and fish.