Last weekend marked the 19th anniversary of the Lyle Area Cancer Pool Tournament, held at the Carpenter Community Center from Friday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 12.
Pool players and spectators alike flocked from the Mitchell County area and beyond to participate in and show support for the fundraising efforts.
Striving to benefit cancer research, the annual tournament first started in 2001, in honor of Lucille Johnson. Since then the Johnson family, who continues to coordinate the tournament every year, has rallied over half a million dollars in funds for cancer research.
In its first year, the tournament raised $6,500. The final amount has over quadrupled as the years have passed, with a peak fundraising amount of $34,500 occurring in 2018. While the final fundraising tally was not immediately available for this week’s paper following the weekend, the tournament generated a successful turnout and widespread participation.