Bob Herman Receives Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show’s Humanitarian Award
HARRISBURG, PA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Bob Herman has received the 2009 Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Humanitarian Award for his efforts in raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Capitol City Bassmasters.
Herman and the Capital City Bassmasters began their association with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2003. The Bassmasters, in conjunction with The Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, hosted a children’s fishing derby and invited pediatric cancer patients and their families from The Four Diamonds Fund and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for a fun day of fishing and a hot dog cookout.
All children who attended received a rod, reel and tackle box compliments of Bass Pro Shops.
“When the kids get there, some are sick and look very tired, others are shy and a little unsure of what to do, but by the end of the four hours, they’re standing up, throwing rods, and appear to be having the time of their lives. After seeing the look on their faces after the first year, the feeling we went home with was just tremendous. The Bass Classic tournament got started because we wanted to do more for these children,” said Bob Herman, public relations chair for the Capital City Bassmasters.
As a result of the fishing derby, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Bass Classic was created. The Bass Classic takes place over Labor Day weekend during Harrisburg’s annual Kipona festival. It is one of the largest bass events held on the Susquehanna River and has raised over $35,000 since it’s inception four years ago.
Through Herman’s efforts, the Bass Classic and the kid’s fishing derby are sponsored by such generous benefactors as C.A.I. Computer Aid Inc., the City of Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association, and Bass Pro Shops.
The funds raised during this event are directed to blood cancer research and local patient services programs including patient aid. The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society could not offer these programs without the work of local benefactors like Herman and Capital City Bassmasters.
The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show Humanitarian Award is presented annually to an individual or organization in recognition of their demonstrated commitment to using their knowledge of the outdoors and outdoor sports to improve and support their community.