C.A.S.T. For Kids Reels In Whopper Of Fun At Black Canyon Park

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Shari Kohlbecker, (208) 378-5050

For Release: August 09, 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 Black Canyon Park on Saturday, August 21. Black Canyon is located on East Black Canyon Highway, Northeast of the town of Emmett, Idaho.

C.A.S.T., which stands for ACatch a Special Thrill,@ offers children with disabilities and terminal illnesses an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing at Black Canyon Park, near Emmett, Idaho.

AFor some kids, this is their first experience fishing,@ said Shari Kohlbecker of the Bureau of Reclamation=s Regional Office. AFor the volunteers, it=s a great opportunity to be part of a special experience that these children will remember for a lifetime.@

AThe children invited range in age from 7-16 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,@ Kohlbecker said.

The state bass anglers societies work under the large umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS). Volunteers from the Idaho 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 the Centennial Job Corps.

The Gem County Sheriff=s Department will be assisting by providing emergency services for the event.

Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation; Bureau of Reclamation; Idaho B.A.S.S. Club, Centennial Job Corps, Gem County Sheriff=s Department, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more background information about the program and the August 21st event, contact Shari Kohlbecker at Bureau of Reclamation, Suite 100, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise ID 83706-1234 or (208) 378-5050. In the event of rain the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled.

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