ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 7, 2010) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced the winner of its Louisville ‘Take Me Fishing Center’ sweepstakes. Saundra Kimberlain of Elizabethtown, Ky. will receive a trip to Orlando, Fla. that includes a guided bass fishing trip on the lakes of a Walt Disney World Resort and Walt Disney World Park passes – all for taking the Anglers’ Legacy Pledge and promising to introduce a newcomer to fishing.
“I was completely surprised,” said Kimberlain, an Elizabethtown resident for the past nine years and Elizabethtown Community & Technical College employee. “I figured the chance of winning the trip would be so low, it wasn’t even possible,” she said.
Kimberlain and her husband, Jon, haven’t been to Disney World since they were teenagers. They look forward to taking their two kids later this year, and to spending lots of time on the water. “I fish occasionally now. My husband is more of the fisherman, but I fully support learning how to fish for both girls and boys,” she said. “I fished a lot as a child and still love being outside and on the water.”
“We are thrilled to award this trip to an Anglers’ Legacy Ambassador who will pass on the legacy of the sport,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We hope the family has a wonderful trip and enjoys their time on the water.”
The grand prize package includes a three-day, two-night trip to Orlando, Fla. with airfare and lodging at a Walt Disney World Resort. Kimberlain and her family will also receive two days of two-hour guided bass fishing on the lakes of a Walt Disney World Resort, and one-day passes to the Walt Disney World Park.
“We’re pleased to present Saundra and her family with our grand prize package,” said BASS/ESPN Outdoors Senior Director for Sales and Sponsorship Michael Cassidy. “We’re proud to be a part of the national Take Me Fishing™ campaign and are committed to growing the sport and preserving its legacy for future generations.”
Kimberlain said fishing was a family tradition, and remembers learning to fish with a bamboo pole at her grandparents’ pond. She will fulfill her Anglers’ Legacy Pledge by taking her kids fishing.
“We are constantly striving to get more Kentuckians involved in healthy, outdoors programs,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Dr. Jonathan Gassett. “We sponsor fishing events, work with schools, and combine efforts with fishing organizations for public outreach to teach the value of spending time outdoors in fishing activities. We are proud of our partnership with RBFF, especially the Anglers’ Legacy Program, and will continue to make every effort to keep Kentucky a special, beautiful place for everyone to enjoy our diversity of fishing opportunities. I congratulate Saundra and all of the Anglers’ Legacy Ambassadors who take the time to introduce others to fishing.”
Take Me Fishing, the boating and fishing communities’ award-winning national campaign, helps boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign Web site, TakeMeFishing.org, features tips and how-to’s that can be used all over the country, tools to design a dream boat, information on how to get a fishing license and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find the perfect boating and fishing spot by interest.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.