Fishing event raises money for scholarships

Elizabeth F. Abu | Mar 28, 2018

The North Central Texas College Denton County Foundation held its second annual Casting for a Cause event this month. The family fishing event is geared toward children, with prizes for biggest and smallest fish and door prizes.

The event was hosted at Argyle United Methodist Church and thanks to many volunteers, the foundation was able to host 42 participants and raise nearly $5,000 for scholarships in Denton County.

Sponsors for the event included RFG Wealth Advisory, PACCAR, Independent Bank of Argyle, The Overlander Agency, Mosquito Joes, DATCU, Axis Realty, The Lending Edge Mortgage, Merki & Associates, State Farm Agent Jim Bridges, and Thomas and Ellen Kilgore.

Winners were chosen every hour for biggest and smallest catch. In the 4 through 8-year-old age group, Cameron Blankenship, Jorge Wasik, and Lucas Wasik all received awards for the biggest catch. The smallest catch winners in this age group were Evelyn Wasik and Ryan Wasik

In the 9 through 12-year-old age group, Callie Sharp, Emma Clark, and Piper Gow all received awards for the biggest catch. The smallest catch winners were Elleson Cozart, Emma Clark, and Gabby Campbell.

The money raised from this event will benefit the students of NCTC by providing scholarship opportunities for those attending the Corinth and Flower Mound Campuses.

NCTC has been serving Denton County at the Corinth Campus since 2000.  When the campus officially opened on January 15, 2000, 2,688 students filled the hall to 75% capacity. The addition, of the Flower Mound Campus in 2011, at Parker Square has continued to provide additional opportunities for students. 

Currently almost 8,000 Denton County students are enrolled in classes. System-wide the college’s enrollment is over 10,000 students.

“These numbers point to the exponential growth experienced by NCTC in Denton County,” said NCTC Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Debbie Sharp. “Our student population on both the Corinth and Flower Mound Campuses have seen tremendous growth. We are also excited about the addition of our Denton Center. We are leasing the old Denton Record Chronicle building in the downtown Denton.”

The scholarship application for Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 is open now through April 15. For more information on scholarships, visit


Brad and Oliva Gossett show off her catch at the NCTC Denton County Foundation’s Second Annual Casting for a Cause Event.


Dan Onstat and son Daniel cast their reel in hopes of landing a big fish at the NCTC Casting for a Cause Event, held to raise money for scholarships in Denton County.

Fishing Winner

Neil and Evelyn Wasik show off her award-winning fish for “Smallest Catch” at the NCTC Casting for a Cause event.