SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Council of Bass Clubs (SDCBC) recently donated $9,000 to three local charities. Rick Fallon, who is the secretary of the freshwater bass fishing organization, said in May they presented $3,000 checks to the ALS Association San Diego Chapter, Rady Children’s Hospital and Warrior Foundation Freedom Station.
Fallon said SDCBC donates to local charities every year but this year they were able to give a little bit more. He said SDCBC started a fund sometime in the 1990s for someone in the San Diego bass fishing community with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). People from within SDCBC and several other local organizations donated to the fund over the years; the fund was intended for the family to help cover medical costs. Fallon said they donated the left over funds. ALS Association was selected, according to Fallon, because they wanted to find an organization that helps people with the disease. Fallon said 95 percent of donations to the organization go to people with ALS.
“So much of the money goes straight to the people,” Fallon said.
They also donated to an organization SDCBC President Bill van Wulven has continually supported over the years, the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, which is a recovery-focused transition center and housing facility that provides injured warriors with acclimation time, guidance and resources to successfully make the transition from military service to civilian life. Fallon said they also wanted to give to kids, deciding on Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California.
The council also supports a number of local sporting events such as Fishing in the Pines, Crisis House Kids of Domestic Violence annual fishing day and Fishing Musician Kids fishing program.
SDCBC was formed in 1976 and has a membership of fourteen freshwater bass fishing clubs from San Diego County, Western Riverside County and North Orange County.