Anglers Help “
was a hot June Day when twenty-six teams of anglers took off from the
in support of ‘
”. With water temperatures in the low 80’s the anglers went
searching for limits of bass.
is a privately
funded non-profit organization that provides leisure and recreational
activities for individuals with special needs such as autism, Down’s
syndrome, or physical disabilities. The camp was founded by families
of people who have developmental disabilities over thirty years ago
giving parents chance to take a break from their taking care of their
child with disabilities.
kids were really excited seeing all the fish the anglers brought to
the scales. Many got the chance to see the fish up close and personal.
and Penny Black,(two on the left of picture below) husband/wife team
won first place with five fish weighing 16.05 pounds. Mike also won
big bass money with fish weighing 4.82 pounds.
second place team of Eric Ballinger of
and Bob Beem of
(third and fourth from the left in
picture above) with five fish bag weighing 12.35 pounds.
place team of Chad Harminson of Sullivan, IL and
Kevin McGregor of Lovington (fifth and sixth from the left)
with another five fish limit bag weighing 12.23 pounds.
fourth place team of Donnie Dill of
and Bill Leasher of
(two on the left of photo above) also brought five fish to the scales
weighing 11.02 pounds.
Black the coordinator for the event presented Kim Carmack of
with a two hundred and sixty dollars (photo below)
says that all funding for the camp comes from private donations and
they service the entire state of
along with having an occasional visit from out of state. The five
county area surround Camp New Hope have campers coming at a very
reduced rate because of the generosity of service organizations and
private individuals along with funding from the Illinois Department of
human Services There is a rustic program which is a camp for the
weekend during the summer that allows parents to drop off the kids on
Friday at dinner time and pick them up Sunday at noon.
is located on
just north of
available include mini-golf, fishing dock, swimming pool, and a