C.A.S.T.For Kids Reels In Whopper Of Fun At Henry Hagg Lake

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Donna Bishop, (503) 872-2796

For Release: August 31, 2004

Children with a wide range of disabilities will have the opportunity to reel in a whopper of a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids event scheduled for Henry Hagg Lake on Sunday, September 12.

C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with disabilities and terminal illnesses an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing at Henry Hagg Lake, near Portland, Oregon.

"For some kids, this is their first experience fishing," said Donna Bishop of the Bureau of Reclamations Lower Columbia Area Office. "For the volunteers, its a great opportunity to be part of a special experience that these children will remember for a lifetime."

"The children invited range in age from 4-16 years old and have a variety of physical or developmental disabilities and, in some cases, a terminal illness. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat," Bishop said.

The state bass anglers societies work under the large umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. Volunteers from the Oregon BASS Club will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by several local Kiwanis Clubs. The Gaston Fire Department and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue will be assisting by providing emergency services for the event.

Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation; Bureau of Reclamation; Oregon BASS Club, local Kiwanis Clubs, Tualatin Valley Irrigation District, and the Washington County Parks.

Henry Hagg Lake is located 30 miles southwest of Portland off Oregon State Highway 47.

For more background information about the program, contact Shari Kohlbecker at Bureau of Reclamation, Suite 100, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise ID 83706-1234 or (208)378-5050.

For information about the September 12th event, contact Donna Bishop Lower Columbia Area Office (503) 872-2796. In the event of rain the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled.

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