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  • Updated: 04/14/04

  • $36K First Place Prize Up For Grabs At 2004 Cystic Fibrosis Bass Challenge

    Pete Stoddart
     (651) 251-2140

    One-day Super Event Set For May 22, 2004 on the Mississippi River at Winona

    ST. PAUL, MN – (April 5, 2004) – The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, AM-1130 KFAN Radio, Ranger Boats and Yamaha Motors announced today that they will offer the biggest single-event prize payout in competitive pro/am team bass fishing in Minnesota  this year.  
    The 2004 Cystic Fibrosis Bass Challenge, set for Saturday, May 22, will feature a first-place cash and prize payout worth $36,000 to the top-finishing pro angler.  One pro angler will take home $10,000 cash and a Ranger 185VS powered by a 150HP Yamaha HPDI.  The second-place pro will also take home a whopping $10,000 cash.  Amateur anglers (or “co-anglers”) fishing side-by-side with the pros will be vying for significant cash-prize combos as well.  The top finishing co-angler will take home almost $4,000 in cash and over $1,000 in prizes from Minn-Kota.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 15 finishing pro anglers and the top 15 co-anglers will be awarded cash and prizes.  With a full field of 100 boats, the 2004 Cystic Fibrosis Challenge will pay out almost $85,000 in cash and prizes.
    The real winner for this competition will be the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   A fundraising goal of $50,000 has been set, an amount which will be generated through the 
    donation of a portion of the co-angler entry fees, along with other fundraising efforts that will surround this event.  Through the “Cast for a Cure” program, co-anglers will be given the opportunity to choose which pro they want to fish with for the Challenge, based on the amount of donations they raise.  Pro anglers who participate in “Cast for a Cure” will have the opportunity to determine their blast-off order for the tournament. 
     “Everyone involved is thrilled to bring this event to the forefront and to help raise a significant amount of funds and awareness for CF.  It will be unmatched in terms of excitement and competition,” says Dan Seeman, Vice President of Clear Channel.   
    Entry fees for the CF Bass Challenge will be $500 for pros and $350 for co-anglers.  Half of the co-angler entry fees will be allocated to the prize pool and half will be donated to CFF.  
    “Some terrific sponsors have stepped forward to make this event a reality,” says CFF Executive Director, Jill Evenocheck.  “Now we want to get the word out to the anglers about how important their participation is to make this a reality.  By having such a significant prize offering, the event registrations will fill up very quickly.”
    The Cystic Fibrosis Challenge will allow a maximum of 100 boats, with a pro and co-angler competing side by side.  Teams can weigh up to eight bass and the winners will be determined by the total combined weight of each team’s catch.  A separate big bass competition will also be held, with half of the proceeds going to CFF.
    Anglers interested in registering for this one-day super event should contact the tournament administrators, Media Rare Inc, for more information.  Call or email Julie Kangas, registration coordinator, at (651) 251-2172 or jkangas@mediarareinc.com.  Please reference “CF Challenge” in your subject line.  Cash, check, or money orders only will be accepted.  Because of the high-stakes competition, CFF reserves the right to limit the field to those anglers with previous tournament experience.  

    Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in the United States. A defective gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic and life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. When the CF Foundation was created in 1955, few children lived to attend elementary school. Today, because of research and care supported by the CF Foundation with money raised through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, the median age of survival for a person with CF is 33.4 years.
    The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.  For more information on cystic fibrosis, call (651) 631-3290 or toll-free (800) FIGHT CF, or at www.cff.org. 

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