Building upon its initial success from 2013, the 2nd annual Pickwick Lake Team Challenge, held at Pickwick Landing State Park near Counce, TN, on May 17, 2014 was an overwhelming success, with a net proceed to the Catch-A-Dream Foundation of just over $13,000. This is $5,000 more than in 2013.

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The first flight of boats approaches the weigh-in area.

A large part of the increased proceed was due to extra fund raising efforts by many of the teams. “We wanted to increase the proceed to Catch-A-Dream, so this year we developed a strategy whereby teams were encourage to raise funds for Catch-A-Dream in addition to their registration fees,” said Sandie Cox, Co-Director of the Tournament. As an incentive, the teams generating the highest levels of donations were eligible for top spots in the blast-off line-up, special prizes and, if the team that finishes first in the tournament happened to also be in the top ten fund raisers, with at least $1,000 in donations generated, that team would win a $2,000 bonus check. “We had 10 teams participate in this aspect of the tournament, and five of the teams raised over $1,000 each,” Cox said. Sandie’s husband, Shane, owner of Presenting Sponsor, Hammer Rods, added “And it just so happened that one of the teams raising over $1,000 also placed first in the tournament, winning that $2,000 bonus check!” [click to continue…]

Star Student Perseveres

December 6, 2013

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Star Student Perseveres

Every now and then we receive a call or message from a high school student who wants to use Catch-A-Dream as their Senior Project.  We’ve had numerous students do this over the past few years, and we thought we’d highlight one of the most recent.  This story has an interesting twist in that the “plan” was dealt a major setback by weather conditions, but this student, Matt Chenoweth, was not to be outdone. He revised his plan and improvised, demonstrating not only ingenuity but also perseverance and a will to succeed.  Our hats are off to Matt, and following is the narrative he provided to us at the conclusion of the project.  In our opinion, he should get an A+!

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