In the past 12 years, the overwhelming support for the Greater Niagara BassEye has resulted in huge success, raising more than $1.4 million for the CFF!  Proceeds from this event will fund vital medical research and support the nationwide network of care, including the Lung Care Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  Our exceptional Lung Care Center, a world-class facility, has been a leader in CF research and care, being the first in the world to launch the Phase 3 trial for a therapy that recently received FDA approval.  This achievement was made possible through the tremendous support from Western New York sponsors and donors.  The individuals and organizations in our community who make contributions are dramatically changing the course of the disease.

For complete sponsorship details, please read the attached .pdf sponsorship opportunities.  http://www.basseye.com/?attachment_id=213

Mark your calendars for this years Strategy Session at Pettibones Grille on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  All captains and anglers will learn about the format, rules and regulations for 2014.

13th Annual Greater Niagara
BassEye Celebrity Challenge

June 26th & 27th

Dinner & Auction
Thursday, June 26th
Rich’s Renaissance Atrium, Buffalo, NY

 Fishing Tournament
Friday, June 27th
NFTA Boat Harbor, Buffalo, NY

The 13th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge is filled with opportunities to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, everything from social to sporting functions.   The event involves a one-day catch-and-release tournament in which anglers have the opportunity to fish for bass and walleye with a professional fishing guide.

This tournament is not the only one of its kind though . . . It’s in the company of several other tournaments that take place off North American shores. They are all part of the Redbone Tournament Series founded in Florida in 1988 to raise crucial dollars to fund Cystic Fibrosis research and medical programs.

Dinner & Auction

Thursday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.

Rich’s Renaissance Atrium

One Robert Rich Way, Buffalo, NY 14213

This tournament hosts a special evening of exquisite cuisine,  each individually paired with a unique selection of finely brewed domestic and international beer. The night is highlighted by a band, a silent auction and a prestigious live auction with various items ranging from unique gift baskets to once-in-a-lifetime experiences and exotic trips throughout North America.  All of this takes place on the banks of the picturesque waters of Lake Erie.

Come casual and ready for fun!


$75 Pre-sale or $85 at the door

To purchase tickets

please call the CF Foundation at (716) 204-2535

or online @ http://www.cff.org

Fishing Tournament

On Friday, June 27, more than 35 boats filled with 150 anglers and captains will take to the Bass and Walleye rich waters of Lake Erie for the 13th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge.

Each boat will contain two anglers and one celebrity or three anglers, along with a professional fishing guide to help the group navigate Lake Erie and reel-in as many fish as possible. Boat, bait and tackle are provided for each angler as well as a continental breakfast and lunch provided by SUBWAY for the boat.

To wrap-up the tournament, anglers and a guest are invited to attend the Dockside Awards Dinner at 3:00 p.m. for dinner, drinks and awards! Each angler will also receive a gift bag including an exclusive BassEye fishing shirt.

To learn more about fishing please call the CF Foundation at (716) 204-2535

BassEye Celebrity Challenge Scoring System

The key and challenge to the Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge is catching both bass and walleye whereby walleye earn the angler 100 points; bass: 50 points and BassEye: 150 points.

If an angler catches one bass and one walleye – a BassEye – he/she would score 300 points – 100 for the walleye, 50 for the bass and 150 for the BassEye.

If an angler catches 10 bass and three walleye – 3 BassEyes – he/she would score 1250 points – 500 points for the 10 bass, 300 points for the 3 walleye and 450 points for the three BassEyes.

Therefore, the more BassEyes the better!

What is REDBONE?

In 1984, Gary and Susan Ellis’ newborn daughter, Nicole, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. They were told with considerable care, she should live to her early teens. After asking the question, “What is cystic fibrosis?” they set out to find a way to fight it. In 1988, with the help of their friends, including legendary hitter Ted Williams, they founded the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund the research to cure CF. Guides, anglers and celebrities from film and sports teamed up on thirty-three boats to fish for redfish and bonefish. From that tournament came the name “Redbone.”

They raised $16,000 that first year and more importantly introduced CF into the conscience of the very caring community of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. From that small seed, the Redbone has mushroomed into twenty tournaments spanning both coasts of the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Mexico, and an art gallery specializing in saltwater themes. In the last fourteen years, the Redbone has made a total contribution to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of over 2 million dollars.

When the Redbone was first established, children with CF rarely lived to attend high school. Today the median age of survival for a person with CF is 33 years. We should not celebrate this achievement, since a single life is yet to be saved from this devastating disease, but it has become a sign of hope for a brighter tomorrow for individuals with the disease and their families.

Money buys science, and science does save lives. That’s why events such as the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series and the Redbone@Large are important.

Through your support, you are insuring that aggressive, innovative research in CF will constantly be explored. By helping us support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you are helping to build a bridge of hope that will eventually lead to the ultimate victory; a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Reprinted from The Redbone Journal, Spring


For the past 12 years, some 35 professional fishing captains have taken to the Bass and Walleye rich waters of Lake Erie to help“Catch a Cure” for cystic fibrosis.

Captains Caring About Catching a Cure

In years past, many captains have taken their support even further by generously donating their service fees back to CF. These donations go a long way toward the quest to “Catch a Cure.”

This year, captains have been asked to again consider donating this fee back to CF. To secure your position as a captain for this year and to donate your service fee back to CF, please call CF at (716) 204-2535 today.

Gearing up for the 13th Annual BassEye Celebrity Challenge

To get things rolling for this year’s tournament, all captains, sponsors and anglers are invited to a Strategy Session at Pettibones Grille at Coca-Cola Field on June 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the format, rules, and regulations for this year.

About Cystic Fibrosis

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) was established in 1955 to assure the development of the means to cure and control Cystic Fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults across the United states. A defective gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus. This abnormal mucus leads to chronic and life-threatenng lung infections, and impairs digestion.

Currently, there is no cure.

Scientists supported by the CFF, however, are writing a remarkable medical success story. They are quickly translating what they learn about the CF gene and CF cells in the laboratory into promising new treatments. Based on their success, clinical trials on new drug treatments and landmark gene therapy are now underway.

By investing in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you are helping to fund the landmark research that will, one day, make a tremendous difference in the lives of those with the disease. With your help we can give the children and young adults with CF the quality of life and the future they deserve.

Thanks for being part of our commitment for a cure.

For further information, contact:
Gia Coone, Executive Director
WNY Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 150
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 204-2535 OR gcoone@cff.org


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