History of The Uncle Jesse’s Big Mouth, Big Bass Classic
First held in 1988, the "Uncle Jesse’s
Big Mouth Big Bass Classic" has become an annual event each spring for Paris
and Lamar County. The tournament attracts
350-400 anglers and hundreds of fans and spectators. The tournament is held
at Pat Mayse
Lake with the assistance and
cooperation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Also, many area businesses
and volunteers help make this a real angler’s event and a fun day foe the
fans and spectators.
Denver "Uncle Jesse" Pyle of the Dukes
of Hazard has been on hand for each of the previous tournaments shaking
hands, signing autographs, hugging kids and helping in every way, until his
death in 1998. He, along with his lovely wife, Tippi, never asked, nor
received reimbursement for their participation. Denver’s one request was
that all net proceeds from the tournament go directly to benefit children of
the county with special needs.
Tournament proceeds are handled through
Denver Pyle’s Children’s Charities, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. A
local board of directors committed to see that funds benefit children,
not administrative costs, administer funds.
Some of the benefactors of funding over
the past years are as follows:
$53, 800 used to purchase uniforms, travel to meets and expenses and awards
for local Special Olympics meets.
BOYS CLUB OF PARIS:
$28,000 for a new roof for the club building, new floor for the basketball
court, computers and programs for an after school tutorial program.
SHOES FOR CHILDREN:
$15,700 purchased over 650 pairs of shoes for children at Christmastime.
BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS OF LAMAR
COUNTY: $7,975 special funding
for special projects.
POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE:
$12,380 for the purchase of uniforms, equipment and supplies that serves
over 400 youth in Lamar County.
$6,250 in scholarships for boys and girls to attend scout camps and special
needs for individual children.
The Charities’ Board carefully studies
each funding request to insure that objectives of the Foundation are being