$25,000 gift from Food City takes total to $1 million
KNOXVILLE, TENN. (July 20, 2016): Over the course of 28 years, the Irwin Food City Bass Tournament has raised $1 million for Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley. The tournament started in 1989 by now Knox County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin and his father.
“I was a member of the Boys & Girls Club as a child,” said Judge Irwin. “We wanted to start an event that we could both enjoy and raise money for the kids who are benefitting from the Club today.”
Held on Tellico Lake, the one-day tournament draws in fishing enthusiasts from all over the region. The 2016 tournament had 206 boats participate for their chance to win a $10,000 grand prize, bragging rights and the chance to give area youth a better chance to reach their full potential.
Food City has been the tournament’s largest sponsor for 18 years. Over the life of the tournament, $975,000 dollars were raised for Boys & Girls Clubs and because of a $25,000 gift from Food City this month, the tournament crossed the $1 million mark.
“Food City is honored to be a part of something that has such a huge impact on the community,” said Emerson Breeden, Food City’s director of community relations. “The kids served by the Boys & Girls Club deserve the best and every dollar we can raise counts.”
Funds raised for Boys & Girls Clubs have been used to provide life-changing programs and services to over 7,900 youth and teens at 19 Clubs across Knox, Blount, Loudon and North Anderson Counties. After-school and summer programs aim to help members achieve academic success, develop healthy lifestyles and demonstrate good character.