MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (August 19, 2016) – Bass Cat recently donated a 2016 Margay and trailer to be given to the winner of the First Annual Ike Celebrity Pro-Am Bass Fishing Tournament held Saturday, August 6th on the Camden Waterfront near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The tournament coincided with a day of family fun consisting of a giveaway of free Flambeau tackle boxes and assorted fishing lures to the first 750 children, carnival games, youth fishing instruction, silent auctions, along with music and food on the waterfront. Bass Cat’s donation of a 2016 Margay boat & trailer valued over $20,000 created huge buzz for the event, enticing 102 anglers making up thirty-eight teams to participate in hopes of winning first place and the new Bass Cat.
All proceeds from the event will benefit The Ike Foundation, founded by Bass Cat Pro Angler Mike Iaconelli, in its mission to get more kids into fishing and the outdoors. In addition to Bass Cat’s donation of the first prize boat, thirty-four other businesses and organizations offered their support to assist the youth fishing fundraiser.
Bass Cat President Rick Pierce stated, “Mike has always had a passion for youth angling and growing the sport. He is truly motivated by the energy and excitement of youngsters learning to appreciate the outdoors and developing a passion for fishing that will last a lifetime. Debbie and Russ, at Wood Boat & Motor, were extremely enthused to have the opportunity to share this experience and we can’t thank them enough!”
About the The Ike Foundation: Established in July 2014, The Ike Foundation is an IRS registered 501(c)3, nonprofit foundation focused on promoting the sport of fishing to America’s youth and developing their appreciation of fishing and the outdoors. The Ike Foundation assists civic organizations, youth fishing organizations, and other charitable organizations in sponsoring events and functions, which promote fishing to both inner city and rural youth. These events and functions teach young people about the sport of fishing, the ecology of the outdoors, and the responsibility each person has in order to maintain our planet’s natural resources. Each year with the support of sponsors and donors, The Ike Foundation donates thousands of fishing products such as rods, reels, and tackle boxes directly to youth anglers. Learn more about the Ike Foundation, donate to get more kids into fishing, and participate in future events by visiting http://theikefoundation.org
About Bass Cat: Bass Cat, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures the industry’s premier bass fishing boats from its headquarters in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Family operated since it’s founding in 1971, Bass Cat is the longest continuously operating tournament bass boat company in the USA. For more information visit www.basscat.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.