|Our 4 Day USO Fundraising Booth
and Saturday auction was great and the grand
total of $9,423 represents a robust
donation to the USO of Metropolitan New
York. With four USO Centers now active in
our NY-NJ-CT Metropolitan area coupled with
all the USO does for active service members,
their families and retirees, our fundraising
efforts were positively worth it. Special
thanks go out to Bobby and Sandy
Williams of the NY TBF who funded the
USO booth. Many Bergen Bassmasters took the
time to work the booth and Hats Off to our
Top Collectors John Hartand his dad John
Hart Sr. They worked tirelessly for two
full days and made sure that everyone in the
area heard their friendly pitch. Other
Bergenites, friends, USO staff members and
NY TBF volunteers included Mike
Filippini, John Williams, Kris Lechman, Greg
Trass, Norm Trass, Frank Freguletti, Mike
Hess (Dick’s Sporting Goods), Fred
Chilluffo (NY TBF) and Patrick
Hildenbrand (NY TBF), Amanda Smith(USO)
and Bethany Biszko (USO).
As an added attraction to our booth, Patrick displayed the New York State record smallmouth bass caught last summer at 1,000 Islands. We thank Rich Moschella and his wife Caitlyn, the Reel Deal folks who took over 500 photographs. Bill Decoteau and Joe Sancho did an outstanding job in running the Saturday auction and it took a full two hours to conduct it! Joe and Bill provided for a fun event and there were many great bargains to be had....if you missed it, see you next March!
We Thank the Show Chairman, Tod Alberto for coordinating the booth and auction space – the event would not be possible without his support! And we also thank Mike Iaconelli – the only Bass Pro to visit our booth!
Remember: Freedom isn’t Free, Help Support our Troops!