Give Your Kids the Opportunity to Catch A Special Thrill!

Thanks to the generous donations of several organizations, businesses and community groups, children ages 5 to 14 years old will have an opportunity to receive a hands-on fishing lesson at the 16th Annual “Fishing Kids” event scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd at Gene Coulon Park in Renton and Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Island Lake County Park in Silverdale.

Groups of children will come to the shores to learn proper fishing techniques from volunteer anglers and fish from the shore in 45 minute sessions.  Each pre-registered child will receive a Zebco rod & reel combo and an event t-shirt.  Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in water safety, boating and natural resource demonstrations.  Registration is limited to the first 800 youth in Renton and the first 300 youth in Silverdale.

These events are made possible through partnerships with Renton Parks, Kitsap Parks & Recreation, local sportsman’s clubs and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation. Event sponsors include: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Renton Kiwanis, Auburn Sports & Marine, United Moving & Storage, AJO Consulting, Bremerton Sportsman’s Club, Kitsap Poggie Club, Long Lake Bass Club, North Kitsap/Bainbridge Island Trout Unlimited Chapter, Kitsap Fly Anglers,  Western Bass Club, Puget Sound Anglers, Zebco and Eagle Claw.

 

For registration information for the Renton event please contact Renton Parks & Recreation at (425) 430-6700 or register online by visiting www.cybersign-up.org.  Deadline is May 24th.

For registration information for the Silverdale event please contact Kitsap Parks & Recreation at (360) 337-5053.  Deadline is June 8th.

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C.A.S.T. to Receive Support from Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

ImageThe C.A.S.T. For Kids Foundation is pleased to announce it has been selected to received a grant from Disabled American Veterans.  Funds will support the Take A Warrior Fishing program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and enable C.A.S.T. to continue our purpose of providing disabled, disadvantaged and at-risk populations the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor experience.

Take A Warrior Fishing events are designed to support military personnel and their families, specifically targeting persons assigned to Warrior Transition Commands, by creating an adaptive community-based outdoor, recreation experience through the sport of fishing.  The main goals of this program are to restore that disconnect by increasing family interaction, encouraging outdoor recreation, and supporting positive, social interactions that help transitioning service members rebuild connections with the civilian world.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families though advocacy, benefit claims assistance and support services. www.dav.org

Take A Warrior Fishing Events Scheduled!

The Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) Foundation, in partnership with the Evergreen Bass Club, is pleased to announce plans for the 2nd Annual Take a Warrior Fishing event to be held Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Joint Base Lewis- McChord. Take a Warrior Fishing, C.A.S.T.’s newest program, creates events designed to support military personnel and their families, specifically targeting persons assigned to Warrior Transition Commands, by creating an adaptive community-based outdoor, recreation experience through the sport of fishing. Numerous studies have shown that traumatic events not only affect the psychological structures of the self, but also the attachment and meaning that link individuals and community.  The main goals of this program are to restore that disconnect by increasing family interaction, encouraging outdoor recreation, and supporting positive, social interactions that help transitioning service members rebuild connections with the civilian world.

These events are made possible through the collaboration of numerous community groups, local businesses and countless volunteers. We hope you will join us in creating special moments for these families.  A second Take A Warrior Fishing event will be held at Lake Eastman in Raymond, CA in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and additional events are underdevelopment in communities around the country. We believe the establishment of this new program will serve an ever-increasing need in today’s society.

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Lake Eastman Event Information

Spotlight On Lake Mead

As we embark on our 21st event season, it’s nice to take a look at some of our long-running event s and reflect on what makes them so successful.  Established in 1998 in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation the Lake Mead event in Boulder City, NV has set an extraordinary example with strong leadership, diverse partnerships and solid community support.  Each year this very popular event draws approximately 40 participants from a variety of social service agencies and countless volunteers from the Southern Nevada.

Event Coordinator Phil Aurit began working with the C.A.S.T. program at the event’s inception and officially took the lead in 2002.  When asked about what keeps him going each year Aurit stated that , “I think I can speak for all the Lake Mead C.A.S.T. volunteers by saying that what motivates us is seeing the enthusiasm, anticipation of the catch, and joy the kids experience while fishing.”   In addition to all his hard work coordinating the event Aurit has also taken on a mentor role training fellow Reclamation staffer Brittany Stubitz to take the lead after his upcoming retirement.  Stubitz has already been a key part of the event for the past two years.

Other indispensable partners at the Lake Mead event include the Las Vegas Boat Harbor which provides their marina and pontoon boats for the event each year and the Nevada Striper Club.  Many members of the club have been volunteering with the event from day one and provide their boats, on-shore assistance and serve on the event planning committee.  “The whole club looks forward to the event every year”, said past President Don Reibe.  “The best part is watching the smiles on the kids’ faces.  It truly makes your day.”

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The C.A.S.T. Wish List

So you can’t volunteer, donate monetarily or attend  our annual fundraiser, but you still want to support us?  Or maybe you can do those things, but just want to do more!  We keep an ongoing list of items, known as our Wish List, that we are in search of to help further our mission and support both our organization’s day to day  operations and individual events.

  • Volunteer with web design skills
  • Volunteer with videography skills
  • Pop-up Tents (E-Z Up, Quick Shade, etc.)
  • Folding Tables
  • New First Aid Kits
  • Upright Vacuum Cleaner
  • Rubber Cargo Mat for Chevy Astro Van
  • Airlines Miles

You didn’t ask for fishing gear?  We thought some of you may be wondering about that.  Well, the truth is we do want it, but with a catch.  The best way for you to donate new and lightly used tackle is on-site at our events.  This way it can go to the people who benefit most from it, the kids!  To make a fishing gear donation please contact your local event coordinator.

 

 

Spotlight on Lake Shasta!

doublefishatshastaFor 20 years C.A.S.T. has had the privilege of partnering with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to host anywhere from 15 to 20 events a year. Each event is fantastic in its own special way and the Lake Shasta event, held annually in late June, is no exception.  Event Coordinator Shari Harral has been dedicated to making the event a success for going on 13 years, but she prefers to defer credit to her planning team.  “There are three amazing people who help make this happen”, remarked Harral.  Fellow Reclamation Staffer, Tami Corn has become Harral’s right hand and her tireless efforts with all administrative tasks keep everything moving forward.  Cheri Rahm, the wife of a former Reclamation employee, has taken the lead for the meal portions of the event purchasing the food, then preparing it all for breakfast and lunch.  Cheri chops up all the fresh fruit for the morning and makes incredible baked beans and potato salad for lunch.  Lake Shasta has become known for it’s wonderful food spread!

 

In addition, Matt Doyle, the manager of Lake Shasta Caverns has become another indispensable part of the Lake Shasta event.  He has donated their huge Cavern Queen patio boat for the last 11 years and although there have been a few years where not many kids went on the Cavern Queen, to Matt that does not matter.  Even if it was one child he would be there and ready to do anything to make sure that every single one of these special kids gets the opportunity to experience the magic of the event.

 

grouppictureWhen reflecting upon her involvement with the C.A.S.T. programs, Harral states, “For me, my favorite time is in the early morning as the children start to arrive.  There is excitement in the air with the anticipation of what the new day will bring for these kids (you can actually feel it!).  The prospect of catching the “Big One” or just getting to go out on Shasta Lake is a very special treat for them.  As the volunteers smear the kids with sun screen you can see delight on their faces.  That to me this is the pinnacle of why we all do this.  Their joy is pure.  Of course, then the rest of the day becomes a big blur until the day is done and we can all reflect on what an amazing thing C.A.S.T. For Kids really is.  It is giving, pure and simple and there is nothing better than that.”  We couldn’t agree more!

Kansas State Troopers 6th Annual KHP C.A.S.T. Event

By: Trp. Tom Spencer K-241                                      Photo’s by:  Mike Briley

There are events and then THERE ARE EVENTS!!  This year’s Kansas Highway Patrol C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event was every bit as special for 39 young disabled or disadvantaged children.  For some of these young children it was the first time in a Bass Boat, first time up close to Law Enforcement, and the first time to catch a fish.  All eyes were upon them as they and their parents rolled into Harvey County East Lake just after dawn.  The first thing there little eyes saw were the big trucks and bass boats all lined up and in position to unload into the water.  Then, it was what seemed like miles of Kansas Highway Patrol vehicles lined up along the roadway that they had to pass on the way to the parking area.  On the way to the registration tables they were able to set in the patrol vehicles, ask questions of troopers and see first hand what a State Trooper’s vehicle looks like and what’s in them.  They proudly displayed the Junior Trooper Stickers given to them.  If only recruiting was this easy.

June 18, 2011 was another perfect day for our sixth annual Kansas Highway Patrol Cast for Kids fishing event at Harvey County East Lake in Newton, Kansas.  Considering the Kansas weather, again we were lucky as the rain and bad weather left us in the early morning hours and gave us a beautiful day of fishing.

By now the children have spotted the brand new Zebco rods and reels, tackle boxes, hats, shirts and there little eyes are as wide as fifty-cent pieces and excitement is in the air everywhere.  By the time this day is over they will all, “Catch a Special Trill.”  There were some first’s for us this year.  We changed lake locations for the first time in six years and this year the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation celebrated its 20 year anniversary which meant a very nice ball cap and a special t-shirt and a water bottle for each participant.

We kicked off the event with a prayer and the National Anthem performed by Motor Carrier Inspector Fred Johnson.  Kansas Highway Patrol Administrative Assistants Angela Grammer, Renae McCrory, and Elizabeth Turner, helped with registration, setup, and awards.  They were a big part of the event running so smoothly.  Kansas Motorist Assist Officer Mike Briley took photos making sure every child had a photo that could be placed in their plaque.  Mike has been our photographer for five years running and does an awesome job.  We had over twenty troopers partnering with the kids this year which is what this program is all about.  They also signed plenty of autographs with K-numbers for the kids. Sedgwick County Sheriffs Deputies Bill Felix and Dave Rank handled the sound system for us again.  They have been our partners since the events began.

I would like to mention another guy who has helped us with our events every year.  Larry Shoop ( WWW.COPSNBOBBERS.COM ).  Larry is a Deputy with the Johnson County Sheriffs Department.  He brought a special gift for our participants this year and each received a soft pack cooler filled with goodies.

A few new partners that made this event possible were Park Manager Cass Miller who went above and beyond in making the event a success.  Officer Jennifer Motes with the Halstead Police Department, Trooper J. Dryden K295, and Melanie Watkins with Harvey County District Court were instrumental in getting the word out to the children of Harvey County that could benefit most from our event.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  If that’s true, when you look at the photos from this event it’s easy to see why our event is so special.  All of the photos from this year’s event can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.