Bass Cat donated a 2016 Margay boat and trailer as the first-place winner’s prize at the inaugural Ike Celebrity Pro-Am Bass Fishing Tournament Aug. 6 on the Camden Waterfront near Philadelphia.
The tournament, which is intended to be an annual event, coincided with a giveaway of free Flambeau tackle boxes and assorted fishing lures to the first 750 children; carnival games; youth fishing instruction; and silent auctions, along with music and food on the waterfront.
Bass Cat said its donation of the boat and trailer, which are valued at more than $20,000, created buzz for the event, enticing 102 anglers comprising 38 teams to participate in hopes of winning first place and the new Bass Cat.
The company said all proceeds from the event will benefit The Ike Foundation, which was founded by Bass Cat pro angler Mike Iaconelli. Its mission is to get more children into fishing and the outdoors.
Thirty-four other businesses and organizations also offered their support to the youth fishing fundraiser.
“Mike has always had a passion for youth angling and growing the sport,” Bass Cat president Rick Pierce said in a statement. “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 and Motor, were extremely enthused to have the opportunity to share this experience, and we can’t thank them enough.”