Children with a wide range of disabilities will have the opportunity to reel in a whopper of a good time as they join enthusiastic volunteers during the fifthteenth annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event at Prineville Reservoir State Park near Prineville, Oregon, on Sunday, July 8. C.A.S.T. stands for "Catch a Special Thrill."
"For some kids, this is their first experience fishing," said local coordinator Dale Barrett of the Bureau of Reclamation's Bend Field Office. "For the volunteers, it's a great opportunity to be part of a special experience that these children will remember for a lifetime." "The participants range in age from 6-19 years old and have a variety of physical and/or developmental disabilities and, in some cases, a terminal illness. "Each participant will receive fishing gear, a t-shirt, and a hat," Barrett said. There are still a few available openings for qualified applicants.
Volunteers from the Central Oregon BASS Club will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The state bass anglers societies work under the umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. The morning fishing events will be followed by a barbecue lunch donated by Brothers' Family Diner, The Dawg House, Grocery Outlet's of Prineville, Eberhard's Dairy of Redmond, and hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Prineville. The Crook County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue units will be assisting with parking, traffic control and marine patrol.
Since there is no local budget, donors in the community are critical to the ongoing success of this annual event. In addition to the one's mentioned above, Starbucks in Prineville will once again donate coffee for the early morning volunteers and Ray's Food Place in Prineville will be donating donuts. Pepsi products for the event will be donated by the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Bend. Fishing tackle and night crawlers are being donated by Wholesale Sports of Bend. New donors and volunteers are needed and always welcome.
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.
For more information contact Dale Barrett at (541) 389-6541, Ext 231. In the rare event of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled.
For more background information about the program, contact regional coordinator, Shari Kohlbecker at the Bureau of Reclamation Regional Office, Suite 100, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise ID 83706-1234, or (208) 378-5050 or visit the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation official website at www.castforkids.org.
Released: July 06, 2012