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FUJIFILM PRO ANGLERS TO HELP EDUCATE ASSEMBLY
ABOUT FISHING, CONSERVATION
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (June 21, 2004) — On Friday, June 25, select members
of Fujifilm’s pro fishing team will visit Tapawingo Day Camp for an assembly
open to the public. The anglers will talk about the family-friendly sport
of fishing and the importance of conservation. The team will be in Plattsburgh
for the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event on Lake Champlain that takes place June
A goal of the visit is for those in attendance to gain
an appreciation of the environment by learning about conserving fish habitats
and being respectful of nature. The anglers will take this opportunity
to speak about why more than 52 million people pick up their rods and wet
a line each year – because fishing is a fun, wholesome activity the entire
family can enjoy. They will explain life as a pro angler and give audience
members a chance to ask questions.
Fujifilm’s pro team, which includes some of bass fishing’s
most successful anglers, has had a consistent presence in the communities
that have hosted Wal-Mart FLW Tour events during the last four years. The
team has made several appearances in local grade schools and children’s
hospitals on the tournament circuit, encouraging children to get involved
in the lifelong sport of fishing.
“Fujifilm is proud to sponsor a winning team of anglers,”
said Cindy Bogan, national account manager, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc.
“With their influence and guidance, we feel strongly that our team will
educate people – especially kids – about the fun of fishing and the importance
of conservation, while inspiring the next generation of anglers and photographers.”
Fujifilm will offer another opportunity for children of
all ages to learn more about fishing during the Wal-Mart FLW Tour’s Family
Fun Zone, which is also free and open to the public. Fujifilm will set
up a fishing pond for children to catch trout, have their photos taken
with their catches, and then release the trout back into the pond. The
Fun Zone runs from 3-5 p.m. Friday, June 25, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,
June 26. It will be set up at the Wal-Mart store located at 25 Consumer
Square in Plattsburgh.
Outside the tournament, Fujifilm also takes an active
role in motivating children to fish, photograph and release. For the past
three years, Fujifilm has sponsored the “Fish, Photograph and Release”
(FPR) program to promote and encourage kids and their families to fish,
take a photograph of the catch, and then release the fish back into the
The 2003 national Fujifilm FPR Photo Contest was promoted
during more than 1,800 Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derbies at area
lakes in all 50 states. An estimated 300,000-plus young anglers from ages
5 to 16 participated. Winners were based on the quality and creativity
of the photos and the creativity of the essays. To view the 2003 winning
photographs online, visit Fujifilm's Web site at Fujifilm.com/fishing.
Information about the 2004 Fish, Photograph and Release contest will be
posted on the site this spring. For information about the 2004 Kids All-American
Fishing Derbies program, go to the Web site at Kids-fishing.com.
“The success of the Fish, Photograph and Release program
demonstrates Fujifilm’s commitment to and support of fishing while also
incorporating the fun of photography,” Bogan said.
The 2004 Fujifilm pro angler team comprises Randy Blaukat
of Lamar, Mo.; Robert Bogan of Farmington, Ark.; Scott Bonnema of Forest
Lake, Minn.; Brent Brady of Hixson, Tenn.; Joel Richardson of Kernersville,
N.C.; Sean Stickler of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Shawn Strader of Rockwood,
Tenn.; Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tenn.; Sam Swett of Covington, La.;
and Wes Thomas of Hanover, Ind.
Established in 1965, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. is the
United States marketing subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd.,
a leading manufacturer of imaging and information products. Fujifilm’s
U.S. headquarters are located in Elmsford, N.Y.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest
L. Wood, FLW Outdoors is the world’s leading marketer of competitive fishing.
It administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the world’s most lucrative bass-tournament
series; the EverStart Series, pathway to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour; the Wal-Mart
Bass Fishing League for weekend anglers; and the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament
Trail. FLW Outdoors also operates the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour, the world’s
most lucrative walleye-tournament series, and the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye
League for weekend anglers.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s most respected companies
support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart has been the title
sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 1997. For a complete list of FLW Outdoors
sponsors and for more information about the premier products and services
they offer, please visit FLWOutdoors.com’s sponsor page.
For more information about Fujifilm products, call (800)
800-FUJI or visit the Fujifilm U.S.A. Web site at Fujifilm.com. For more
information about FLW Outdoors, call (270) 252-1000 or visit FLWOutdoors.com.
Editor’s Note: Tapawingo Day Camp is located at 654 Point Au Rouche
Road. If you would like a representative to attend the Fujifilm pro angler
appearance, please contact Bridget Berglund at (612) 337-1927 for arrangements.
Photos of Team Fujifilm are available at FLWOutdoors.com.