Bass Fishing Pro & Competing Anglers Gives Back to South Jersey - The Fisherman

Bass Fishing Pro & Competing Anglers Gives Back to South Jersey

Mike Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation have donated $5,000 to support the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) as it continues to meet a 200% increase in food requests due to the food-insecurity impact of COVID-19.  In addition, The Ike Foundation donated $2,500 to the Family Success Center of West Jersey, an organization that provides shelter, financial assistance and advice to families displaced due to unemployment during the COVID-19 health crisis.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation have been hosting a Fish Against Ike virtual bass fishing tournament. The 20-plus year bass fishing professional from South Jersey partnered with Fish Donkey for this app-based bass fishing tournament. Anglers made a $20 donation to participate, with proceeds going to these two organizations.

“We appreciate the support of the 588 anglers across the country that participated in this fun fishing event and our sponsors who so generously donated as well,” Iaconelli said, adding “It’s an awesome thing to see the fishing community come together to help feed kids and families during this time of crisis.”

Weekly prizes were generously donated by corporate sponsors of Iaconelli and The Ike Foundation, which include Toyota, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Hobie, Flambeau, Yamaha, Rapala, Missile Baits, Gerber Gear, Spike-It, Rod Warrior, and many more.

“We are so appreciative and deeply grateful for The Ike Foundation’s contribution to the Food Bank of South Jersey’s COVID-19 response efforts,” said Food Bank of South Jersey President & CEO Fred C. Wasiak.  “This gift supports our capacity to address the increasing requests for food, provide emergency food resources and expand our services to families, children, and seniors in need throughout South Jersey,” Wasiak added.

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