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TPWD News Release — Jan. 31, 2011

ToyotaTexas Bass Classic to Continue Support for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

World championship tournament to donate another $250,000 to TPWD

ATHENS—The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will return to the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe October 28 – 30, 2011. Event proceeds benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and its outdoor recreation programs.

TPWD has received $1 million in donations from the TTBC over the past four years. The 2011 donation will be a minimum of $250,000. “The focus of these programs is to expose kids and non-traditional users to the sport of fishing and the conservation efforts upon which all good fishing depends,” said J.C. Fassino, president of the Texas Bass Classic Foundation.

“These funds play a vital role in TPWD’s efforts to bring fishing close to home for millions of Texans,” said Dave Terre, chief of management and research for TPWD’s Inland Fisheries Division. “The Toyota Texas Bass Classic donation pays a large share of the cost of the Neighborhood Fishin’ Program as well as the Texas State-Fish Art Contest and other programs designed to get more people involved in outdoor activities. At a time when the state is struggling with a huge budget deficit, these funds are more important than ever.”

The TTBC will continue to host family-friendly live music performances by noteworthy artists. Event activities at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center appeal to a wide range of spectator interests and include a kids’ area with outdoor activities and exhibits featuring instructional clinics and the latest in equipment and accessories.

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic tournament functions are operated by the Professional Anglers Association with technical assistance and support from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division. Title sponsor for the event is Toyota. Corporate partnership opportunities are available for 2011. For additional information, visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.comor call 1-866-907-0143.

For information on some of the programs funded by the TTBC donation, visit the following pages on the TPWD web site.

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