Kids and Volunteers Gear Up to ‘Move Outside’ and Reel in a Great Time at C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Event at Strawberry Reservoir

Media Contact: Lisa Iams, 801-524-3673
Ed Vidmar, 801-379-1182

For Release: August 06, 2013

Forty children and their families are gearing up for the 17th annual Catch a Special Thrill fishing event for kids in Utah to be held at Strawberry Reservoir on Saturday, August 17, hosted by the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region, and as part of the "Let's Move Outside" program initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama.

"The C.A.S.T program provides disabled and disadvantaged children between the ages of 7 and 16 with the opportunity to enjoy a great day of boating and fishing," said Reclamation Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Washburn, who will be attending this year's event. "The generous contributions of sponsors and volunteers each year make this a day the children will remember for a lifetime."

This year's event is made possible through the support of 25 sponsors and over 100 volunteers who donate their time, boats, and share their angling expertise with the kids. Participating families should arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check-in, receive their fishing gear and be partnered with an angler and boat. After a couple of hours on the water, a catered lunch will be provided followed by an awards ceremony. All participants must be pre-registered. A limited number of participant slots remain available for this year's event.

Additional fishing boats are still needed for this event to accommodate all of the participants. If you wish to volunteer the use of a boat and your time to support this event, or would like to request registration information, please contact Ed Vidmar at 801-379-1182 by August 7. Families interested in participating in next year's event can also contact Vidmar.

Reclamation first became involved with the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation in 1991, when it was initially formed. The success of the first event at Banks Lake in eastern Washington for both the participating children and the community, resulted in a rapid expansion of supporting and sponsoring agencies and an increase in the number of events offered. In 2012, 48 events were held in 19 states across the nation, including 16 in California, six in Washington state, five in Texas, and one in Washington, DC.

Reclamation has remained a C.A.S.T. sponsor since 1991 with all five of its regions hosting events throughout the 17 Western states each year. C.A.S.T for Kids provides an opportunity for children with disabilities and their families as well as disadvantaged children and their parents/caretakers to spend a day on the water with volunteer anglers learning to fish. The C.A.S.T. Foundation's goal is to provide this experience for children who might otherwise never have the opportunity, while simultaneously providing the opportunity for volunteers to gain a new appreciation for people living with impairments, or in less than ideal situations.

The success of C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing events is made possible thanks to the continued support of the many sponsors, partner organizations and volunteers who donate significant time, money, equipment, and supplies to make the event a day to remember for the kids. For more information on C.A.S.T. for Kids visit or

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