Skeet holds auction for disaster relief

Elite pro coming to the aid of those in need. You can help

Skeet Reese
Ken Duke
Skeet Reese is stepping up to assist others in need. You can help, too.

AUBURN, Calif. — Always ready to help those in need, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Skeet Reese and his family have decided to hold an auction to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Reese's auction will take place on his website beginning Tuesday, Nov. 6, and will run through Nov. 16. Items of significant value from his career and personal life will be auctioned, and the Reese family will match the funds raised up to $5,000.

"We were sitting here watching the news over the weekend and it hit me how many people are still being affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy," said Reese. "There are so many people without power, bare necessities and even their homes that we wanted to do something to help out."

Reese was about to pick up the phone and make a personal donation when he thought about the generous hearts of bass anglers and fans across the country. "That's when we decided to do the auction," he said. "The people in our sport are a caring and giving bunch, and we decided to offer them a way to get something in return for such a good cause."

Included in the auction will be one of his signature Wright & McGill Co. Skeet Reese tackle bags loaded with hundreds of dollars worth of lures, bait and tackle that Reese uses on tour. That kit will be filled with Lucky Craft lures, Berkley Trilene line, Berkley Havoc and PowerBait soft plastics, TroKar hooks and Eagle Claw terminal tackle.

He will be auctioning off Wright and McGill Co. Skeet Reese Tessera, Microhoneycomb and Victory rods and reels and an event-worn jersey, signed by Reese. Other auction items will be added as well.

All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross or other charities directly related to the relief efforts of Hurricane Sandy.

"We cannot forget that there are people still in need after these storms, and it takes a long time to get their lives back to whole," said Reese. "It's easy for it not to be real to us all the way in California, but people are in need, and we wanted to do something to help."

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