On 23 October, 2011, we participated in our first C.A.S.T. for kids event:
From the C.A.S.T website:
C.A.S.T. “Catch A Special Thrill” for Kids Foundation is a public charity that was formed in 1991 to join volunteers who love to fish with disabled and disadvantaged children for a day of fishing in the outdoors. The Foundation became an official 501(c)3 in 1994 and currently hosts two programs; C.A.S.T. for Kids Program and Fishing Kids Program.
The C.A.S.T. for Kids Program and events are designed to create an environment whereby special needs children and their caretakers could benefit, leaving their problems on shore and sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise get to experience. The charity furthers its mission by increasing awareness of disabled and disadvantaged children in communities and teaching appreciation for natural resources.
The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation hosts over 50 events per year in over half of the United States and expands by 8 new events per year and into 2 new states per year on average. The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation aims for presence across the nation allowing children everywhere and of any means an opportunity to learn how to fish.
Bob Lee and his daughter, Erica, joined me on Crystal Lady, and we took out 14 participants for a morning of fishing. I cannot begin to tell you the thrill these kids got, and the good feeling it left with us. These are some incredible kids with remarkable parents. We were only too happy to help and hopefully bring a small thrill into their lives. On a side note, while the six or eight other boats with us on the Chesapeake were getting "skunked" we were reeling in the fish. We called the other boats over and they soon were also reeling in the fish. Cap'n Bob on our boat did a great job, and his fishing skills ensured "everyone" on our boat caught fish, several kids caught a bunch. Following our fishing, we were all treated to a great Bar-b-que, hosted by Midshipmen from the USNA. Over all it was a great day, and left us with a tremendous feeling of accomplishment, like we had contributed, albeit in a very small way, to providing a thrill to these very special kids. We look forward to participating next year. Here are some pictures....