- Quite often we receive something in the mail that is not only highly gratifying, but also heartwarming and clearly worth sharing with others. Such was the case this past Spring when we received a very special gift from a Catch-A-Dream family. Caden and his family were on a hunt last Fall and, shortly after they received the taxidermy, they did something very special, as will be obvious in the following note that accompanied their very nice gift to us.
The Bailey family would like to thank you and all of the volunteers who had taken time out from their lives to make this wonderful Catch-A-Dream experience happen. From the beginning of this adventure, and even now, the Catch-A-Dream Foundation has taken great care of every aspect of this trip for Caden. Everyone who helped to make this happen has our warmest thank you and we pray that God blesses each and every one.
It takes some very special and determined people to do this. Nothing can repay any of you for the kindness that you have shown.
Enclosed with this letter you will find a small token of thank you from all of the Bailey family.
A family in Houston, Texas heard about what we had intended to do and requested, rather insisted, to pay for this gift and wished to remain anonymous. Hard oak wood was selected and crafted by hand to make the frame for your picture. The name plate on the frame was also crafted by hand. It is our wish that you accept this gift and share it with all the Catch-A-Dream volunteers, sponsors, outfitters and anyone else who makes possible these dreams to come true. [click to continue…]
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.
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…]