“This was a wonderful event! All event staff couldn’t have been more friendly or understanding! My son had the best time, our Captain Mike (boat 12) was so gracious! Couldn’t ask for better or more! THANK YOU” – Parent, Lake Pleasant
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 5 – 18, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating!
Event LocationLake Pleasant Regional Park,
Peoria, Arizona (map)
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Check out this video taken at a past Lake Pleasant event by one of our volunteer boat captains!
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2016 Event Recap
It was a picture perfect Arizona day and the fish were biting! There are lots of pictures with happy kids showing off their catch. This year I think every kid caught at least one fish and many others caught four or more big ones. During the awards ceremony, Jay Yelas with C.A.S.T. did a terrific job by giving each of the 42 kids a chance to shine. We were treated to their stories about the fish they caught and the fun they had driving the boats. One even shared that his fish was so big that it wouldn’t fit into the boat! The caregivers were just as excited as the kids, some even more, and the Boat Captains were all pleased that their skills brought such joy.
We fed about 260 folks who were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, chips, and all the fixings. We were visited by Otto the Otter and his daughter Olivia this year. The kids enjoyed the face painting booth, Home Depot plant/craft booth, the Reclamation Water Smart booth, the Coast Guard with “Coastie” (the electronic boat), and, always a favorite, Liberty Wildlife birds of prey birds.
Another year is behind us and we are once again very thankful to our Boat Captains and all of the Volunteers for being such special people to spend their day giving these 42 special kids a day they will always remember!
2015 Event Recap
The day started off cold and windy, but the sun came out and the breeze kept the heat from being too harsh; it was a beautiful Arizona day. We had 38 of the 45 special kids attend with their families and according to the C.A.S.T. for Kids website surveys, they had a wonderful time and quite a few even caught some fish.
The Event Coordinators (Andy Ashby and Brenda Paquette) appreciated the help from the strong backs that loaded and unloaded the truck and the help filling the goody bags, boat bags and tackle box preparation. Those that help with our C.A.S.T. Events each year have fun as we work as a team. And the folks that came to the Lake to help really enjoyed seeing the kids’ smiling faces and know that it’s all worth it! We are also thankful to our partners, CAP Turnouts, from the Central Arizona Water Conservation District. They came in force to help us with the details of the day at the Lake. They provided traffic control, valet service for the boat captains, set up of the tables and tents, food preparation, cooking the food, serving the 225 hungry folks, tear down and then loading it all back onto the truck.
All of our special kids and their families had a terrific time this year and really enjoyed their fishing experiences. The Arizona Bass Federation Boat Captains are always wonderful with the kids and really know how to show them a good time. We hope to see new faces every year and welcome our veteran C.A.S.T. participants too!
We presented Jim Owens with a photo blanket that has some pictures from past Lake Pleasant Events. Upon his retirement in June 2015, Jim can sit in his rocking chair and enjoy looking at the pictures to remind him of our terrific times at Lake Pleasant!
Thanks to our Event Sponsors
Bureau of Reclamation – Phoenix Area Office, Central Arizona Project, Arizona Bass Federation, Maricopa County Parks & Recreation, JB Design (www.fishclipper.com), M & J Trophies and Apparel, Sports Blast, Peoria Fire District, First Credit Union, Baker Wee, Shamrock Dairy/Dairy Maid Foods, FLW & TBF – Partners in Fishing, 3-D Automotive, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Coca-Cola Distributor, Home Depot, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, Sam’s Club, Arizona Game & Fish, Smart and Final, T&R, Creative Communications, Lews, Flambeau
Child Crisis Center, Quality Care Network, Touchstone Behavioral Health, Peoria Unified School District No. 11, Arizona Adoption & Foster Care, Special Olympics Arizona, Raising Special Kids, Duet