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Cops For Kids Public Service Buddy Bass Tournament

Cops for Kids

Cops For Kids Public Service Buddy Bass Tournament

May 3, 2011

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Tablerock Lake , Kimberling City MO.


The Cops for Kids Bass Tournament began as a fund raiser for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Missouri Water Patrol Association in 2005.  Mainly the hard work of Ron Kelley, a water patrol officer from Table Rock Lake, and Kevin Watson & Laura Butziger, of Bass Boat Magazine, brought the tournament to where it is today.

The first 5 years were only open to law enforcement officers.  It began as a way for officers to have a fun day fishing, see old friends, and maybe win a small prize or some prize money, but most important “for the kids”!

Each year the tournament has grown in sponsorship, entries, and prize money.  But most important, the donation to the Make a Wish Foundation has grown every year!  The 2009 tournament donated $11,000 to the kids!!

In 2010 the tournament opened up to all public safety professionals (firemen, EMS personnel, and law enforcement officers), and will continue to be open to such personnel.

In 2011, with the dissolution of the Missouri Water Patrol Assoc. Ron, Kevin and Laura independently resurrected the “Cops For Kids” tournament by establishing its independency from any particular Assoc. by incorporating the tournament as a Non-Profit organization. ( 501 (c) (3). Therefore, Cops for Kids is now its own Incorporation!

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Grand Draw Prize will be a  2011 Arctic Cat 550 4 x 4..  This prize was graciously donated by Bass Pro Shops®.  Every entry has a chance to win the 4 x 4, whether you catch a fish or not!!!  We anticipate reaching the maximum of 200 boats this year, which will be a record.

The more entries, the more prize money and more money for the kids.

We thank all the past and present entries!!!  You are what makes the tournament a success!!  If you haven’t fished it in the past, grab you a partner, and join the fun!

We would like to take a moment and express our gratitude to the following corporate sponsoring companies that make this possible year after year:

  • Bass Angler Magazine
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Port of Kimberling
  • Luck E Strike Baits
  • Ulrich Marine
  • Cedar Wood Resorts
  • Kimberling Inn
  • Rowdy Beaver Restaurant and Tavern
  • Central Pro Am
  • Heartland Pro Am
  • Bass Team Tackle
  • US Bank
  • Bass Boat Magazine



All money and/or prizes received by the tournament are distributed as listed below:

  • All cash donations to the tournament go directly to the Make A Wish Foundation of Missouri and The Children’s Smile Center.
  • Corporate sponsorship of hats go toward payment of the tournament caps.
    • Each entry receives a free tournament cap.
  • All donations of prizes go to the entries at the end of the tournament by drawing.
Cash received from entry fee ($120.00 per boat):  

  • 47% of the cash received from entries go to the prize money.
    • Plus free entries to the first 20 place winners
  • Tournament expenses (averages less than 5%, varies each year)
  • Of the remaining proceeds:
    • 50% to the Make A Wish Foundation of Missouri (plus cash donations above).
    • 50% to the Children’s Smile Center
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