In the past 15 years, the overwhelming support for the Greater Niagara BassEye has resulted in huge success, raising more than $1.8 million for the CFF!  This event will support the overall mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the nationwide network of care, including the Lung Care Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. We will not rest until we find a cure for all people with CF.

For complete sponsorship details, please read the attached sponsorship opportunities. Please click here.

Mark your calendars for this years Strategy Session at Pettibones Grille on Thursday, July 20, 2017.  All captains and anglers will learn about the format, rules and regulations for 2017.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has unrestricted financial reserves of about 12 times its budgeted annual expenses, following a one-time royalty sale in 2014. These funds, along with the public’s continuing support, are needed to help accelerate our efforts to pursue a lifelong cure for this fatal disease, develop lifesaving new therapies and help all people with CF live full, productive lives. To request a copy of our Strategic Plan, email info@cff.org or call 800 FIGHT-CF.

Important Note on Attendance at Foundation Events: To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs at CF Foundation-sponsored events, we ask that everyone follow basic best practices by regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection.

Medical evidence shows that germs may spread among people with CF through direct and indirect contact as well as through droplets that travel short distances when a person coughs or sneezes. These germs can lead to worsening symptoms and speed decline in lung function. To further help reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation’s attendance policy recommends inviting only one person with CF to attend the indoor portion of a Foundation-sponsored event at a specific time. For the outdoor portion, the Foundation recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times.

16th Annual Greater Niagara
BassEye Celebrity Challenge

July 27 & 28, 2017

Dinner & Auction
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Atrium @ Rich’s, Buffalo, NY

Fishing Tournament
Friday, July 28, 2017
Safe Harbor Marina, Buffalo, NY

The 16th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge is filled with opportunities to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, everything from social to sporting functions.   The event involves a one-day catch-and-release tournament in which anglers have the opportunity to fish for bass and walleye with a professional fishing guide.

This tournament is not the only one of its kind though . . . It’s in the company of several other tournaments that take place off North American shores. They are all part of the Redbone Tournament Series founded in Florida in 1988 to help support cystic fibrosis research and medical programs.

Dinner & Auction

Thursday, July 27th, 6:00 p.m.

Atrium @ Rich’s

One Robert Rich Way, Buffalo, NY 14213

This tournament hosts a special evening of exquisite cuisine,  each individually paired with a unique selection of finely brewed domestic and international beer. The night is highlighted by a band, a silent auction and a prestigious live auction with various items ranging from unique gift baskets to once-in-a-lifetime experiences and exotic trips throughout North America.  All of this takes place on the banks of the picturesque waters of Lake Erie.

Come casual and ready for fun!


$75 Individual Tickets (Tax Deductible Amount $14)

To purchase tickets

please call the CF Foundation at (716) 204-2535

or online @ http://www.cff.org

Fishing Tournament

On Friday, July 28th, more than 35 boats filled with 150 anglers and captains will take to the Bass and Walleye rich waters of Lake Erie for the 16th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge.

Each boat will contain two anglers and one celebrity or three anglers, along with a professional fishing guide to help the group navigate Lake Erie and reel-in as many fish as possible. Boat, bait and tackle are provided for each angler as well as a continental breakfast and lunch provided by SUBWAY for the boat.

To wrap-up the tournament, anglers and a guest are invited to attend the Dockside Awards Dinner at 3:00 p.m. for dinner, drinks and awards! Each angler will also receive a gift bag including an exclusive BassEye fishing shirt.

Safe Harbor Marina- 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14203

To learn more about fishing please call the CF Foundation at (716) 204-2535

BassEye Celebrity Challenge Scoring System

The key and challenge to the Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge is catching both bass and walleye whereby walleye earn the angler 100 points; bass: 50 points and BassEye: 150 points.

If an angler catches one bass and one walleye – a BassEye – he/she would score 300 points – 100 for the walleye, 50 for the bass and 150 for the BassEye.

If an angler catches 10 bass and three walleye – 3 BassEyes – he/she would score 1250 points – 500 points for the 10 bass, 300 points for the 3 walleye and 450 points for the three BassEyes.

Therefore, the more BassEyes the better!

What is REDBONE?

In 1984, Gary and Susan Ellis’ newborn daughter, Nicole, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. They were told with considerable care, she should live to her early teens. After asking the question, “What is cystic fibrosis?” they set out to find a way to fight it. In 1988, with the help of their friends, including legendary hitter Ted Williams, they founded the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund the research to cure CF. Guides, anglers and celebrities from film and sports teamed up on thirty-three boats to fish for redfish and bonefish. From that tournament came the name “Redbone.”

They raised $16,000 that first year and more importantly introduced CF into the conscience of the very caring community of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. From that small seed, the Redbone has mushroomed into twenty tournaments spanning both coasts of the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Mexico, and an art gallery specializing in saltwater themes. In the last fourteen years, the Redbone has made a total contribution to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of over 2 million dollars.

When the Redbone was first established, children with CF rarely lived to attend high school. Today, because of advances in research and care made possible by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the median predicted age of survival is about 40. We should not celebrate this achievement, since a single life is yet to be saved from this devastating disease, but it has become a sign of hope for a brighter tomorrow for individuals with the disease and their families.

Money buys science, and science does save lives. That’s why events such as the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series and the Redbone@Large are important.

Through your support, you are insuring that aggressive, innovative research in CF will constantly be explored. By helping us support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you are helping to build a bridge of hope that will eventually lead to the ultimate victory; a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Reprinted from The Redbone Journal, Spring


For the past 15 years, some 35 professional fishing captains have taken to the Bass and Walleye rich waters of Lake Erie to help “Catch a Cure” for cystic fibrosis.

Captains Caring About Catching a Cure

In years past, many captains have taken their support even further by generously donating their service fees back to CF. These donations go a long way toward the quest to “Catch a Cure.”

This year, captains have been asked to again consider donating this fee back to CF. To secure your position as a captain for this year and to donate your service fee back to CF, please call CF at (716) 204-2535 today.

Gearing up for the 16th Annual BassEye Celebrity Challenge

To get things rolling for this year’s tournament, all captains, sponsors and anglers are invited to a Strategy Session at Pettibones Grille at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the format, rules, and regulations for this year.

About Cystic Fibrosis and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe.

In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

Breakthrough treatments have added years to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis. Today the median predicted survival age is close to 40. This is a dramatic improvement from the 1950s, when a child with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school.

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. We fund more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support.

We are a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle. Our focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure.

The Foundation’s drug development success has been recognized by Harvard Business School and by publications such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the most efficient organizations of its kind and is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.


Thanks for being part of our commitment for a cure.

For further information, contact:
Gia Coone, Executive Director
(716) 204-2535 OR gcoone@cff.org


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    Grand Champion Angler and Captain
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    Runner Grand Champion Team