"One Day Can Change A Life"

Notes from C.A.S.T.
Executive Director: 
Jim Owens

Each C.A.S.T. event brings special memories, and often, a few surprises. Our first event of 2014 at Lake Pleasant in Phoenix was no exception! 

One of our volunteer boaters, Tai Au, armed with a GoPro camera on his forehead captured the day beautifully in high speed action, and set the video to music. It is an incredibly uplifting depiction of why we do what we do here at C.A.S.T. The video depicts the emotion of the day from start to finish. You'll see the volunteers, the boaters, and the kids catching their first fish. I hope you enjoy!
The Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders were also on hand at Lake Pleasant to cheer on the volunteers and the kids and pose for pictures, which added another fun element to the day.

We are proud to say that the Lake Pleasant event is a participating program of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative, which encourages healthy eating and outdoor activity. 

The month of May is going to be busy with events around the country. I hope to see you at an event and share in whatever surprises and smiles each C.A.S.T. event has to offer! 
 Jim Owens Signature

GoPro- Cast for Kids Foundation 2014
GoPro- Cast for Kids Foundation 2014


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Catch A Special Thrill Newsletter
May 2014

We are off and running with our 2014 season! Lake Pleasant's event, in Phoenix, Arizona went off without a hitch! We had 43 kids and 133 volunteers at this event! And, they fed lunch to 275 people that day! As always, right after an event, we post all of the pictures that we have on our website. To check out the photos from Lake Pleasant, see them here. And we have 5 events scheduled in May, starting with Lake Bastrop, in Texas and Bay Springs Lake, in Mississippi both on May 3. For a complete list of C.A.S.T. events check out our calendar C.A.S.T. 2014 Events. We hope that you'll find an event near you and catch a special thrill with us!

Coordinator Spotlight: Jim Behnken

Jim attended his first C.A.S.T. for Kids event as a boater in Fort Worth, Texas in 2001, at the invitation of Troy Moncrief (a C.A.S.T. board member).  During that event they took children from the Cook County cancer hospital to an event at a private lake. He repeated this the following year. "It was a long drive from San Antonio to Fort Worth," Behnken said, "But it was more than worth the drive." He recalls that the two volunteer years made quite an impact on him, and vowing to get more involved made contact with Executive Director Jim Owens to volunteer his service. He found it "really is a small world" when he learned that they had already met at a Bass Federation championship a few years earlier.


Behnken is now getting ready for the 12th Annual event at Lake Calaveras in June, and credits CPS Energy in San Antonio as a primary sponsor of their event. "We hold the event every year at a lake owned by CPS Energy," and "they are a huge help in organizing it," he said.


Behnken also volunteers as a boater for the Lake Bastrop event every May. This year, he plans to guide fishermen on Falcon Lake in South Texas on Friday, and then drive most of the night to get to Bastrop where the event starts the next day. Behnken has a lot of favorite stories in his many years at C.A.S.T. To read the rest of the story.



C.A.S.T. is a "lucky catch" all over the world!
Little did Jim Behnken (see above) know that when he gave his friend Andrea Corradi, 25, of Modeno, Italy a C.A.S.T. for Kids t-shirt, that it would be a lucky shirt for him! He competed in the Italian Bass Federation National Championship and caught this amazing 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) bass which was the largest fish ever caught in the tournament. See another picture of this amazing catch here.

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