"Thank you for giving my child something to look
A mother made
that simple statement to me after our first Wish-A-Fish Event in 2000 and to
this day it continues to inspire me. I originally started, what has now
become Wish-A-Fish, hoping I could get 10 boats together and provide a few
families a little relief from the daily stress of having a child with “special needs”, by taking the entire family out
for a day of fun and fishing on the water.
It quickly grew and we ended up helping 23 families, with a total of 38
children (including brothers and sisters) and 34 boats that year. In
subsequent years, we added new events in both Maryland and Virginia
and, since 2000, have hosted more than 275 families and 600 children.
First, let me say that Wish-A-Fish could not have accomplished any of this
without the many captains, boat owners, local tackle shops, corporate
sponsors, individual donors, children’s organizations, and all the
volunteers who have helped with the events.
A typical Wish-A-Fish Individual Boater event consists
of 25-35 families joining us at a local boat ramp or state park. We then sign-up
up the families assign them a captain, and give each “special child”
(including brothers and sisters) a free t-shirt and hat. They
are then fitted with a life jacket, given bait and tackle and finally loaded on
the captain’s boat. The entire family then goes out for a day of fun and fishing
on the water. After the fishing activities we have a picnic for everyone to
share the day’s events with each other. Any extra prizes or gifts are then
raffled off to the children to really make the day special for
100% of the
funds raised by The Wish-A-Fish Foundation go directly toward the children to
provide them with hats, T-shirts, tackle and food for the picnic.
Wish-A-Fish Foundation, Inc.