Getting hooked: Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s donate fishing equipment to local nonprofits | Local Business News – About Your Online Magazine


BROKEN ARROW Mike Wise’s visit to the Bass Pro Shops on Thursday caught the attention of a customer, who pulled him aside to ask about the eight brown-shirted boys he was supervising.

After learning they were from Tulsa Boys Home, the stranger gave Wise $100 to spend on the group.

“It was amazing,” said Wise, director of recreation for Boys Home. “It’s the subtle things in life that let you know that God is still watching over you.”

Bass Pro added to that Thursday serendipity.

It and Cabela’s donated more than 40,000 rods and reels across North America as part of the “Gone Fishing” challenge to get more kids out. Customers brought in delicately used rods and reels this spring in exchange for discounts on new equipment. Every used piece is reconditioned to ensure it is fish ready for the kids.

Tulsa Boys Home was among four local non-profit organizations that received fishing gear.

In addition to these donations, the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela will host free fishing and casting activities during the weekends of June 12-13 and June 19-20. Since the program’s inception in 2015, more than 500,000 products have been donated to youth-oriented non-profit organizations across North America, helping millions of families catch their first fish, with more than 150,000 children participating in free events.

Paula Fonseca