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BASS/ESPN Outdoors Raises Funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research

CELEBRATION, Fla. – BASS/ESPN Outdoors is continuing its series of auctions on eBay.com to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research this week.

The auctions offer outdoor enthusiasts the chance to bid on specialty items from the outdoors world. Items up for bid each week include fishing trips, BASS angler memorabilia and autographed apparel. All net proceeds from the auction benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The items for auction this week include:

? A day of fishing in Michigan with spontaneous and sometimes outrageous ESPN Outdoors host Mark Zona from ESPN2’s popular BASS Saturday programming. Tackle and guiding will be provided. Transportation and lodging are not included.

? An official CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series package from 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion Takahiro Omori, including an autographed tournament jersey, blue Yamaha tournament hat and autographed Lucky Craft lure.

? An authentic, autographed tournament jersey worn by CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series angler and seven-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Gerald Swindle.

? A 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Classic commemorative poster signed by two-time CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion Kevin VanDam.

? An authentic autographed tournament jersey from CITGO Bassmaster Classic qualifier and Elite Series angler Elton Luce, Jr. of Nederland, Texas.

Bidders can visit http://www.bassmaster.com/auctions or http://www.espnauctions.com for more information. The auctions end July 30.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was established by ESPN and Jim Valvano in 1993. Valvano, legendary basketball coach and ESPN commentator announced the formation of The Foundation in a moving speech delivered at the 1993 ESPY Awards, shortly before his death. “Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up!” became The Foundation’s motivation rallying cry. Since then, The Foundation has raised more than $50 million and awarded hundreds of cancer research grants nationwide. An average of 83 cents of every dollar donated to The Foundation is allocated directly to research. The Foundation is nearing completion of an endowment which, when fully-funded, will allow 100% of every dollar raised to go directly to research as well as ensure the future of The Foundation. For the third consecutive ranking, The Foundation has received a top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premiere evaluator of charities. For more information log on to the V Foundation website at http://www.jimmyv.org or call 1-800-4JimmyV.

BASS is the worldwide authority on bass fishing, sanctioning more than 20,000 events through the BASS Federation Nation annually. Guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans, BASS sets the standard for credibility, professionalism, sportsmanship and conservation, as it has for nearly 40 years.

BASS stages bass fishing tournaments for every skill level and culminates with the CITGO Bassmaster Classic. Through its clubs, youth programs, aquatic resource advocacy, magazine publishing and multimedia platforms, BASS offers the industry’s widest array of services and support to its nearly 530,000 members. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

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