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"Helping Kids For Over 40 Years"

Enterprise Holdings Foundation Grants Donates to ROHO

Middlesboro, KY, June 15th 2018

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has donated $2,000 to ROHO Fishing Club for the 2018 Christmas Shopping Spree. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

On behalf of all the members of the ROHO Fishing Club, we want to thank Enterprise and Mr. Kaveh Kashef for their generous donation.


Annual ROHO Shopping Spree Held

The Christmas spirit is alive and well this year in Middlesboro as the annual ROHO Club Shopping Spree was held at Walmart for 364 children. Bus load after bus load of children were dropped off at the Middlesboro Walmart to meet up with an adult volunteer that helped navigate them through the store, aiding them in choosing what to spend their money on.

The children were picked from 28 different schools in the Tri-State area by the faculty of their respective schools. According to its Facebook page, ROHO serves children from Bell County, Lee County, Virginia, and Claiborne and Union counties in Tennessee.

Various businesses, schools, and volunteers from the community all endeavored to make this Christmas a little brighter for underprivileged children. ROHO raises funds for this event with a fishing tournament in May and the proceeds all go to the children for the shopping spree.

Each child is given $150 each. This sum is split between $40 for toys and $110 for clothes. Walmart also donates shoes for the children.

The shopping spree has been a tradition since 1970 — with just five children at the time — and has expanded exponentially ever since.

According to newspaper files, the club gets its name from an old Archie Campbell song about a rooster named “ROHO” that was being turned out to pasture, so to speak. The older members at the time the club was established in 1965 reportedly felt they had something in common with the rooster — thus the name.

The children aren’t only treated to a fun shopping spree, however. Walmart also provides lunch for the kids. In addition, Santa, along with Spider-Man, made an appearance.

Blake Bowling, president of ROHO, stated that the children chosen to participate in the shopping spree often think of giving before receiving. Some of them purchase gifts for siblings or parents.

ROHO member John Conner stated, “It provides us the opportunity to try and give something to the kids of the community. To the kids of the community, it provides them a really nice Christmas without much effort on their part…it’s a shot in the arm for the kids is the way I look at it.”

Annual ROHO Fishing Tournament Big Success

Maynardville, TN – Despite near record lake levels and cold, wet conditions on the first day of the event, the annual ROHO Fishing Tournament to benefit the area’s needy children went in the books as one of the best ever.

When Saturday’s tournament began at Beach Island Marina, participants and ROHO members alike were buzzing about the Norris Lake water elevation which crested more than a week prior to the tournament at seven and a half feet above the lake’s full mark of one thousand and twenty feet (1020) above sea level. 

Although lake levels were still more than four feet above that mark Saturday, cold and rainy conditions on the opening day of the tournament added an even higher degree of difficulty for the diehard fishermen and supporters of the cause competing in the annual event.


Even with less than desirable conditions, ROHO members managed to sell more than 7,500 tickets for this year’s tournament, while generating better than $37,500 through ticket sales, which will be added to existing club funds to take 377 area needy children from the Tri-State area on a Christmas shopping spree this December.

The ROHO Club is a 100% non-profit organization that works exclusively for the benefit of the immediate area’s needy children, was formed more than 50 years ago by a group of area businessmen as a way to give back to the local community.  Five children were selected for the first shopping spree, and that number has grown drastically over the past five decades to upwards of 400.  For more information about the ROHOS, visit, or visit the club’s Facebook page at ROHO Charitable Trust.

Meeting Place and Time

Middlesboro Country Club

The Roho Club is very grateful to the Middlesboro Country Club. They allow the Roho's to have a place to meet year round.  

We meet the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00PM.  If you are interested in becoming a member, make plans to attend a meeting for more details!

Donate to ROHO

Donate an amount of your choice to ROHO Charitable Trust.

All donations go to help our children!

ROHO Fishing Tourney

ROHO Fishing Tournament 

ROHO Fishing Club sponsors a fishing tournament each year to raise funds for our Kids' Christmas Shopping Spree.

Get more information on the fishing tournament by Clicking here.

Sponsor a Child

For a donation of $150, you can sponsor a child in our Annual Christmas Shopping Spree!