BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Enthusiastic bass fishing fans still have time to win autographed jerseys from Bassmaster Elite Series pros Chris Groh and Carl Jocumsen while helping to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The anglers donated signed tournament jerseys that are being auctioned off on eBay, with all of the proceeds benefiting St. Jude. Last year, fellow Elite Series angler Seth Feider’s signed jersey pulled-in more than $1,000.
The jersey auction is part of the fundraising efforts for the Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic, held annually in Minnesota. Now in its 22nd year, this tournament has raised more than $3.8 million for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All proceeds from this event will benefit St. Jude, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Angler Glenn Walker is part of the tournament’s organizing committee, and started the auction seven years ago as part of his personal fundraising efforts for the event. Last year, Walker and his team raised over $11,000.
“As a tournament angler, I already knew several pros and crossed paths with others who wanted to support the tournament and St. Jude,” said Walker. “With the support of these great guys, every year more anglers from the various pro circuits want to contribute.”
Other Bassmaster Elite Series anglers who have donated items for this on-going auction include Jason Williamson, Jeff Gustafson, Clark Wendlandt, Chad Pipkens, Cory Johnston, Patrick Walters and Keith Combs.
“We appreciate the work Glenn does in working with the anglers and giving us the opportunity to do something special for St. Jude,” said Groh.
Bidding on Groh’s jersey ends Wednesday, Dec. 18, while the auction runs until Sunday, Dec. 22 for Jocumsen’s tournament jersey. Interested anglers can learn more about the Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic and register for the tournament, being held May 1-3, 2020, by visiting Fundraising.stjude.org/dickhileybassclassic.