Classic fans help Carhartt raise $6,400 for Tennessee conservation

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Alan McGuckin

The recent donation of $6,400 by Carhartt to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation is certainly one of the many awesome byproducts that continue to precipitate from the 153,000 generous fans who attended bass fishing’s biggest event in Knoxville earlier this year.

Among the great experiences Bassmaster Classic fans had was the chance to make a $10 donation to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation at the Carhartt booth, and receive a custom B.A.S.S. beanie in return for their generosity. Hard working folks from the Carhartt manufacturing plant in Kentucky were actually in the Carhartt exhibit booth sewing the iconic B.A.S.S. logo on Carhartt’s famous “A18” acrylic watch cap.

Fans gave generously to the point of purchasing 640 beanies as part of this project, which is an ongoing effort by Carhartt to partner with B.A.S.S. and avid fans at the Classic to support conservation agencies and projects in the host state of the Classic each year.

The check was presented recently at a Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series tournament, where Joey Woodard, Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation expressed his gratefulness. 

“On behalf of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, I’d like to thank Carhartt and so many of the Classic fans for their generous fundraising effort. Their $6,400 gift will be placed in a restricted fund to be used exclusively to support fisheries management and angler recruitment efforts to help ensure future generations benefit from Tennessee’s rich fishing heritage,’ concluded a very grateful Woodard.