Monday, January 17, 2011

Top Celebrities, Anglers to Raise Money for Special Operations in Inaugural Phil Niekro's "Fins & Skins Celebrity Pro-Am"

Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro is among the star-studded team of celebrities set to participate in the inaugural "Phil Niekro's Fins & Skins Celebrity Pro-Am" bass tournament and golf outing on beautiful Lake Lanier.

The event is scheduled for April 2 at Sunset Cover Marina at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in conjunction with the season-opening event of the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix.

Hall of Fame athletes from several sports and some of the best professional bass fishermen in the nation will help raise money to benefit Operation One Voice, an organization that helps meet immediate needs for wounded or fallen Special Operations Forces troops and their families during and after their service to our country. A benefit golf tournament also will be held at Legacy on Lanier Golf Club April 1. Golfers can participate in a Meet and Greet starting at 9 a.m., followed by teeing off with celebrities from the sporting and entertainment world, starting at 9:30 am.

Among the celebrities scheduled to participate with Phil Niekro include former NBA great Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, Ozzie “The Wizard” Smith and Ron Reed.

"I am excited to bring together my friends, community, celebrity athletes and some of the country's most exciting professional bass anglers to raise funds for an incredible cause, Operation One Voice," said Niekro, who a Major League Baseball pitcher for 20 seasons with the Atlanta Braves. "Their mission of improving the lives of Special Operations Forces troops and their families during and after service is crucial."

Individuals can purchase the opportunity to spend the day playing golf, or fishing on Lake Lanier with both a professional bass fisherman and celebrity athlete. After competing in the fun pro-am tournament on the lake, the winning team will be determined during a weigh-in at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, located on I-85. The tournament will use an in-boat scorecard system to measure and weigh the fish, which then will be released. The team with the heaviest five-bass limit will be the winner.

The coveted and limited team slots can be purchased by For anyone interested in making a donation, Special Operations Forces troops will be paired with celebrities for anyone who wants to purchase and then donate a bass tournament or golf tournament berth.

"The business community around Atlanta and Lake Lanier is passionate about supporting the troops," said Jacky Jackson of Bass Pro Shops. "I see no reason this event cannot be one the most successful charity events that takes place in Atlanta for 2011. We must continue to support our Special Forces troops and their families."

Fishing teams will launch from Sunset Cove Marina at 8 a.m. and compete for six hours before going to Bass Pro Shops for the weigh-in. Opportunities will be available for fans to take photos and get autographs of the celebrities and pro anglers.

About Operation One Voice: Operation One Voice is a non-profit corporation designed by police officers, firefighters and community leaders to raise money to help support the immediate needs of children and families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces. Special Operation Forces consist of US Army Special Operations Command (USASCOC); Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC); Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSCOC); Marine Force Special Operations Command (MARSOC); and Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC). Web:

About Fins & Skins: For additional information on this event, contact Bill Carson, Executive Director, at (404) 861-9300.

About Lake Lanier Islands Resort: For additional information on accommodations and golf, visit: and

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