FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE: Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director Camp Fish Tales 989-879-5199/989-903-5405 email@example.com
February 7th, 2018 – Pinconning MI
Camp Fish Tales, in Northern Bay County, received $16,763.00 in funds from the Saginaw Society for Crippled Children and $2,500 from the Union Sportsman’s Alliance to “replace the old dock” located on-site at Camp Fish Tales. Members of the community will be coming together February 10th and 11th to tear out the old dock and put in the new. Camp Fish Tales is a camp for children and adults with special needs and has been serving campers since 1993.
The funds granted are estimated to complete the entire project, and with the Union Sportsman’s Alliance’s assistance, and volunteer members in the community, the project is expected to be completed during the planned weekend.
“The event has been placed on Facebook, and volunteers have already confirmed they are coming to help. We are hoping it will be a nice weekend, but its Michigan so we will wait till closer to the event to decide if the weather will be permitting. If anyone wants to assist, bring your drill, or electric generator, and put on your coat and earmuffs. We want to have this done before Spring” said Rachel Bartlett, Executive Director.
Rachel also stated that if anyone needed more information, call the office at 989-879-5199 or call her cell at 989-903-5405. “We are grateful for the community support and can’t thank the Saginaw Society for Crippled Children and the Sportsman’s Alliance Union enough for their funding and labor,” Rachel Bartlett said. For more information about Camp Fish Tales, please visit campfishtales.org or their Facebook page.
The Midland Daily News Published 8:00 am, Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Sam Forshee presents a check to Camp Fish Tales Executive Director Beth Dow at an open house on May 20. Sam Forshee, a student from Susan Shaffer’s 4th grade classroom at Siebert Elementary, recently organized a fundraiser benefiting Camp Fish Tales. Camp Fish Tales is a nonprofit, located in Bay County, that provides an outdoor camping experience for children and adults with special needs. Forshee organized a group of classmates, held meetings at recess and made a formal presentation to his class. He then sent information about the fundraiser home with his classmates asking for help raising money and awareness. Forshee and his classmates collected donations for one month before totaling the proceeds.
State Senator Mike Green, representative of Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties in the Michigan Senate, visited Camp Fish Tales, a barrier free camp that provides unique and specialized camping experiences for individuals with special needs, during an Open House on Saturday May 20th. The state senator joined others in touring the camp’s grounds and facilities before addressing the gathering and presenting a framed tribute to the camp in honor of its mission and legacy within the community.
The highlight of this year’s Open House was a “rock wall” climbing tower that the camp recently acquired through two grants provided by the Bay Area Community Foundation and the Michigan Baseball Foundation. The tower will be used throughout the summer to allow campers with cognitive and physical disabilities a chance to “ascend toward the sky” and try rock climbing in a manner that is assisted and safe. Open House visitors of all ages had the opportunity to climb the tower, paddle and pontoon on the camp’s lake, hike throughout the camp’s wilderness area and enjoy hot dogs and other treats.
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March 1, 2017
Camp Fish Tales, a barrier free camp that provides unique and specialized camping experiences for individuals with special needs, will host their first annual “Fish Races” on Friday, March 10 at 6:00 PM.
The fundraiser will take place at the camp, located at 2177 E. Erickson Rd. in Pinconning.
Area businesses and organizations have the opportunity to sponsor a specially designed wooden fish that will represent them at the event. Sponsors get to name their fish, decorate it and get it “pond” ready for racing. A special award will be given to the most creatively dressed fish.
Tickets for the event are $20. Ticket purchase and sponsor information available at www.campfishtales.org or by calling 989-879-5199
Camp Fish Tales is a 100% barrier-free wheelchair accessible camp located in northern Bay County. More information on the programs offered by Camp Fish Tails and how donations can be made to support both programs and campers can be found at www.campfishtales.org.
Notes To Editors You are invited to send a photographer/reporter/camera crew to the Camp Fish Tales 1st Annual Fish Races.
Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Camp Fish Tales, 2177 E. Erickson Rd, Pinconning, MI. 48650
Please contact Beth Dow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 327-3216 for further information and to arrange interview opportunities.
Camp Fish Tales
2177 E. Erikson Rd.
Pinconning, MI. 48650
For information contact: Beth Dow, (989) 327-3216, email@example.com
March 1, 2017
Bay County, Michigan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAMP FISH TALES TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL “FISH RACES” Fundraising Event to Support Summer Programs
Camp Fish Tales, a barrier free camp that provides unique and specialized camping experiences for individuals with special needs, will host their first annual “Fish Races” on Friday, March 10 at 6:00 PM at its location at 2177 E. Erikson Rd, Pinconning, MI. 48650.
Area businesses and organizations have the opportunity to sponsor specially designed giant wooden fish that will represent them at the event. Sponsors get to name their fish, decorate it and get it “pond” ready for racing. A special award will be given to the most creatively dressed fish.
This highly entertaining event is similar to horse racing. Dice are thrown and the “fish” advance around the “pond” course. Multiple races will be take place with attendees able to make Vegas style wagers on their favorite fishes. The occasion will feature a delicious themed buffet and door prizes. Tickets to attend this BYOB event are $20.
“At Camp Fish Tales we are trying to put some ‘fun’ into fundraising,” says Karl Ieuter, chairman of the camp’s board of directors. “Sponsoring and personalizing a racing fish is a fun team building activity that helps us to provide excellent summer programming for our special campers. Sponsorships start at only $125 a fish, with Silver and Gold sponsor levels available.”
“The camp relies on the generosity of our community,” continued Ieuter. “We really appreciate Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Michigan for donating the materials and constructing our racing fish. We still have fish available to sponsor, so come out and join us for a fun night of fish racing for a worthy cause.”
For details on how to sponsor a fish and get tickets for the event, please visit the Camp Fish Tales website www.campfishtales.org or call 989-879-5199.
Camp Fish Tales, a 100% barrier-free wheelchair accessible camp located in northern Bay County, provides a unique and exciting outdoor learning experience where individuals with mental and physical disabilities interact and develop skills that enhance their health, abilities, independence and quality of life. More information on the programs offered by Camp Fish Tails and how donations can be made to support both programs and campers can be found at www.campfishtales.org.
THE MIDLAND DAILY NEWS – (August 18, 2016) – Camp Fish Tales has overcome challenges and welcomed campers back this summer for some fun in Pinconning.
About 100 campers with both developmental and physical disabilities from across Michigan enjoyed six weeks of swimming, crafting, exercise and more at the 67-acre property in Bay County.
The camp provides an important service for families in our region and we are glad to see that continue.
The future of the camp had been up in the air after an embezzlement case was brought to light in 2015. The loss of funds meant a conversation on whether Camp Fish Tales could continue, and if it still had the community’s support despite the controversy.
The board proceeded cautiously, with the hope that the camp for people with disabilities could once again open for business.
The board of directors changed and hired a new executive director — Beth Dow — and the community stepped up to show its support.
Those who have supported the camp through this hard time have contributed to making a positive difference in the lives of people in our communities.
Typical camp activities are augmented by specialized equipment, including wheelchair swings and a handicap-friendly boardwalk along the property’s pond, to offer everyone a chance at fun.
“They’re kind, they’re happy, they’re grateful,” April Douglass, camp director, said about the campers. “They’re happy to be here for their vacation.”
After a time of transition, it is encouraging to see that the future looks much brighter for Camp Fish Tales.