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!

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