Statesville, NC– Don’t miss your chance to join Ryan and Krissie Newman at the Ryan Newman Foundation 6th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament, as well as Kevin Van Dam, Mark Zona, other professional anglers and outdoor television personality, Neal Rohrbach.

The bass tournament is set to take place on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Blythe Landing on Lake Norman in Huntersville, NC and is presented by Bass Pro Shops. The weigh-in will once again be facilitated by BASS with special guest emcees VanDam and Zona. Rohrbach will be fishing in the tournament, as well as on site for meet & greet opportunities during the weigh-in and Chicken Port-o-Pit dinner, an event The Foundation has added for 2011 which will be held at the weigh-in from 3 to 6 pm. Fans, family and friends will have the opportunity to come out and meet Ryan and Krissie, along with the other celebrities, with the purchase of a $10 ticket. There will be a 50/50 raffle and the winner will be announced at the dinner. Stroll the vendor display area and receive goodies from companies such as WIX, Coke, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Chevy, Badin Lake Boating Center, John Deere, Tornados, Wine Shop at Home, Bulova, Reed’s Jewelers and more. Kids will have fun playing games and playing in our kid’s area.

Rohrbach, who hosts the popular Outdoor Channel television show, Outdoor Channel Outfitters, shared his enthusiasm about taking part in the event, “I’m really looking forward to lending a hand at the Ryan Newman Foundation’s Charity Fishing Tournament! I’ve wanted to get involved with this event for years and I’m excited that I’ll have the time this year to dust the duck feathers off my boots and wet a hook for such a great cause.”

Registration in the bass tournament for a team of two fishermen is $150. Two Port-O-Pit dinner tickets are included in the registration fee. Fisherman may also enter a Big Fish Contest for $50 per team. Fishermen will compete for the grand prize of a 2011 Nitro Z9 boat equipped with a motor and electronics. Other prizes include cash awards, trolling motors, GPS systems, depth finders, rod and reel combos, digital cameras, gift cards and more totaling over $60,000 and will pay the top-12 spots.

To make things more interesting, a consolation prize pack has been added for 2011. A team not in the top-12 will have the chance to be randomly chosen to win a prize pack including items listed above. Three additional $500 prizes have also been added for top husband and wife, senior citizen and adult and child teams. For complete event details, tournament rules, registration form, or to register online, visit www.ryannewmanfoundation.org.

About Ryan Newman Foundation
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and his wife, Krissie, established the Ryan Newman Foundation in January 2005.

The mission of the foundation is to educate and encourage people to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters; to educate children and adults about the importance of conservation so the beauty of the great outdoors can be appreciated by future generations; and to provide college scholarship funding through the Rich Vogler Scholarship program to students interested in auto racing careers.

The Ryan Newman Foundation strives to provide philanthropic efforts that will enrich the lives of people and animals throughout the nation. The foundation’s three primary areas of focus are: Companion Animal Welfare, Conservation and Rich Vogler Scholarship. For more information visit http://www.ryannewmanfoundation.org.

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