The C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event will be in full gear providing a day of fishing to children with disabilities on July 10 at Prineville Reservoir State Park near Prineville, Ore. C.A.S.T. stands for "Catch a Special Thrill."
"This annual event offers so much for the kids as well as our volunteers," said local coordinator Dale Barrett of the Bureau of Reclamation's Bend Field Office. "Each year we see more parents and grandparents requesting space for their child to participate. The volunteers really put their heart and soul into making it a great success."
The children range in age from 7-16 years old and have a wide range of physical and/or developmental disabilities or even a terminal illness. Each one receives fishing gear, a tee-shirt, and a hat, Barrett said.
Volunteers from the Central Oregon BASS Club will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a barbecue lunch put on by the Kiwanis Club of Prineville. The Crook County Sheriff's Search and Rescue will be assisting with parking, traffic control, and marine patrol.
Donor-friendly groups this year are The Dawg House, Ray's Food Place, and Tom & Charlie's Diner. Others participating are Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Starbucks, Earth2O, The Grocery Outlet, Wholesale Sports, and the National Fish Carvers Guild. New donors and volunteers are needed and encouraged to participate.
Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Central Oregon BASS Club, Kiwanis Club of Prineville, and Crook County Sheriff's Office.
Released: July 05, 2011