It was a big year at the C.A.S.T. Foundation! We produced 47 events in twenty different states around the country, and even held an inaugural event in Canada this year. We couldn’t have done it without the hundreds of volunteers, coordinators, boaters, sponsors, and parents that make each and every one of these events a success.
Executive Director, Jim Owens, has announced his retirement. He plans to stick around until June 30, but after that, he’ll be doing some fishing of his own, spending time with his grandchildren, and doing some travelling around the country. He may even pop in at a C.A.S.T. for Kids event near you! Read more here.
The Foundation is resuming our Blog Page, and we hope that you will join us as we continue to spread the word about all the great C.A.S.T. for Kids, Fishing Kids, and Take A Warrior Fishing Events happening around the country. Our Blog will be another way to communicate our message with all of you, including our recent expansion into Canada with our first ever event at Lake Simcoe, outside of Ontario. To read more about this exciting new venture, check it out here.
Greetings from the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation! It’s hard to believe that it’s already September, but with all the fun we’ve been having time sure does fly. This marks the 21st year for the C.A.S.T. for Kids program, the 16th year for Fishing Kids, and our newest program, Take A Warrior Fishing, is truly blossoming in it’s second season. We’ve witnessed so many unforgettable moments both on and off the water, but we couldn’t do it without you!
Your support is crucial during this time of growth and change for the foundation and we’re constantly hard at work looking for outside the box ways to fund our programs. On Friday, September 6th voting will begin for next round of Chase Community grants and your votes could help us receive a portion of the $5 million in available funds! Each individual will be able to cast two votes per day and can do so by visiting the Chase Community Giving Website or the Chase Community Giving Facebook App. Simply enter C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation in the search bar to vote for us and continue to do so daily until September 19th! Also please consider sharing this message with family and friends to spread our message.
With summer upon us, and event season in full swing, it can be difficult to choose just one event to spotlight, but in the end our staff unanimously agreed the Lake Calaveras event in San Antonio, TX is truly something special. Event coordinator, Jim Behnken, has been working with C.A.S.T. for 17 years and has spent the last 10 as lead for the Lake Calaveras Event. When asked what keeps him coming back each year, Behnken credits the enthusiasm of both participants and volunteers, many of whom having been assisting from the event’s beginning. “It’s the happy screams and smiles of joy that arrive as soon as the fishing starts”.
In addition to Behnken’s efforts, CPS Energy and Texas Parks and Wildlife have been event partners from the start providing support of numerous levels. Participants are recruited through local agencies affiliated with the United Way and include groups like Kinetic Kids. One special feature at Lake Calaveras is the ability to have participants fish in a cove stocked the previous day almost guaranteeing that everyone gets to experience not only fishing, but also get to really catch a special thrill!
The Catch A Special Trill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids Foundation is pleased to announce the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Youth Partnerships and Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Bureau of Reclamation, National Parks Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service; the U.S. Department of Defense’s U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Nation Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This understanding will establish framework for collaboration between the agencies and C.A.S.T. resulting in creased opportunities for individuals served by C.A.S.T. to use and enjoy federal lands through the C.A.S.T. for Kids and Take A Warrior Fishing programs. Currently, C.A.S.T. hosts over 30 events annually in partnership with listed agencies.