RECREATING THE NORTH POLE IN THE BAHAMAS: Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris to host magical Christmas event for 20,000 kids and families following devastating hurricane

Free Santa’s Wonderland event caps off successful campaign that has raised more than

$5 million to date for relief efforts and spreading Christmas cheer Magical event in honor of Morris’ dear late friend, Bahamian Rev. “Bonefish Willie” Duncomber

FREEPORT, Bahamas – Load up the toys, the snow and the jolly bearded man with the big sleigh – Bass Pro Shops founder and noted conservationist Johnny Morris is hosting Christmas in the Bahamas for thousands of children and families in Freeport. The four-day event comes months after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas in late August, destroying 90 percent of the buildings in the most affected areas and leaving more than 70,000 people in need of food and water.

Originally, Morris developed Anglers for the Bahamas with Convoy of Hope, a worldwide leader in disaster relief that has been providing critical relief in the form of water, food, and shelter. In hosting Santa’s Wonderland on the island, Morris now aims to deliver a different but equally comforting form of relief: Christmas cheer.

“It’s hard to imagine everything the wonderful people of the Bahamas have been through in the wake of the hurricane. In hosting this event, we simply want to put big smiles on the faces of Bahamian children and create some magical Christmas memories they will never forget,” said Johnny Morris. “Even as vital relief efforts continue, it’s just as important that we open our hearts to spread some joy and happiness to these children.”

A Tribute to a Friend

Supporting the Bahamas is personal for Morris, who has a deep connection to the popular fishing destination and the wonderful people who call it home. Johnny and a local Bahamian fisherman, the late “Bonefish Willie” James Duncombe, who dedicated his life to the children of the Bahamas, became very close friends. Duncombe, who was also a minister, married Johnny and his wife and they named their son after him. This event is a tribute to Duncombe and his kind heart.

Johnny’s dear friend, the late Reverend Willie Duncombe, and his wife Meneisha.

Following the successful campaign for disaster relief where over 1 million anglers have already raised in excess of $4 million, Johnny wanted to do more to provide happiness for the children during the Christmas season. The initiative to spread cheer has raised an additional $1 million of additional support to spread good cheer to the kids and people of the Bahamas.