Former pro angler speaks at 19th annual Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic

For the 19th year, bass anglers from across the Midwest will come together with their fundraising dollars and fish in the annual Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic in the Wabasha Municipal Harbor. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5, in Wabasha, Minnesota, at Slippery’s Bar & Grill to kick off an exciting tournament weekend.

This unique tournament unites their two passions – fishing and fundraising for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Each participating team must raise a minimum of $500 to participate in the tournament, with all dollars going directly to help the patients and families at St. Jude. In 2016, participating anglers raised over $341,000 and since the tournament’s inception, over $2.3 million has been raised for the hospital.

The public is invited to participate by attending the tournament weigh-ins on Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Wabasha Municipal Harbor starting at 3:00 p.m. Visit for details on last year’s event.

Scheduled to speak at the event is former pro-angler, Mike Auten. Mike knows first-hand the importance of the work being done at St. Jude. His son, Ryan, was treated at the hospital when he was found to have acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, in September 2013. Ryan’s doctor quickly referred him to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he underwent approximately two-and-a-half  years of chemotherapy. On April 1, 2016, Ryan received his last dose of chemotherapy and celebrated his No Mo’ Chemo party.

To learn more or to start your own fundraising event to benefit the tournament, visit or call Melissa Bargmann at (952) 715-4400 or email

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting or following St. Jude on and

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