Philanthropy and Fins

Philanthrophy and Fins

Now in their tenth year, the Wish-A-Fish Foundation hosts fishing events for children with special needs as a way to provide families a little relief from the daily stress of having a child with a life-threatening illness, or a mental/physical disability. Their mission is to provide a fun-filled day for the children and their entire family. The Annapolis Chapter of the Wish-A-Fish Foundation held their 2009 family fishing event on July 18th at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.  This year, 27 families with special needs children were treated to a day of fishing and fun on the Chesapeake Bay.

More than 25 shore helpers and 30 volunteer captains donated their time, boats, equipment, and fishing knowledge to help the families have a great day on the water. When the families arrived at the park in the morning, every participant received safety instructions, a fishing rod, tackle, a Wish-A-Fish hat, and T-shirt. They boarded the boats and spent the next few hours fishing and sightseeing on the bay. The weather and the fish cooperated this year and all the boats were quickly “on the fish.” Perch, spot, croaker, blues, and rockfish were all brought over the rails and greeted with big smiles and cheers from the children (and their parents!). After fishing, everyone was treated to a catered lunch on shore courtesy of Windows Catering Company of Alexandria, Virginia. The children received certificates, trophies, and group photos to celebrate their catch. Fishing tackle and bait were generously donated by Tochterman’s Tackle, Warren’s Bait Box, and Marty’s Sporting Goods.