Camp Fish Tales moves forward with Aug. 21 fundraiser

Fish Races Chairs 2020

Chris and Molly Girard, Honorary Chairs

MIDLAND DAILY NEWS
Ashley Schafer, Ashley.Schafer@hearstnp.com
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PRESS RELEASE – After facing safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, leaders at Camp Fish Tales have decided to move forward with the Annual Fish Races fundraiser on Aug. 21.

The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the barrier-free, accessible camp located in Pinconning. Executive Director Shannon Forshee said the money raised allows campers with disabilities who cannot afford camp tuition to participate. All the proceeds will benefit Camp Fish Tales’ programs, scholarships, and camp maintenance.

“(Campers are) able to do things that every other person can do because of our adaptations to our activities and watching someone who has limited use of their arms and legs climb a rock wall — it is absolutely heartwarming when they make it to the top and are able to do that,” she said

Guests can purchase tickets for $25, which includes dinner and the opportunity for pari-mutuel betting on wooden fish. Six fish, which are decorated by different local groups, will race in each heat on a custom track. Tickets for the Fish Race event are available at www.campfishtales.org or by calling 989-879-5199.

New this year, are honorary chairs of the event — Chris and Molly Girard. Chris is the CEO of Do-All, Inc., which serves individuals with a disability and Molly serves as the administrator for the Episcopal Diocese.

“They have given back so much to your community,” Forshee said about the Girards.

In their free time, the Girards operate GIRARD Investments, which is a residential real estate business that manages more than 60 rental units. Chris was also recently elected as a city commissioner for Bay City. Together, they have four children, five great-grandchildren, and have been foster parents to several children.

The event will be bring-your-own-beverage-style, so guests are welcome to bring their own drinks, including alcoholic drinks in a cooler.

Guests must be 18 or older to attend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. at the main lodge at Camp Fish Tales, 2177 E. Erickson Road in Pinconning.

Camp Fish Tales will hold its Fourth Annual Fish Races on Friday, March 20, 2020!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 19, 2020
Contact Person: Shannon Forshee
Info: (989) 879-5199

Doors open: 5:30. Dinner served: 6:00. Post time: 6:30

Chris and Molly Girard, Honorary Chairs

(Pinconning)  -Join us for dinner and this crowd-pleasing, one of a kind event which includes pari-mutuel betting on wooden fish. Six fish will race in each heat on a custom track. Admission is $25 per person and includes dinner and an evening of gambling fun. The event is BYOB. Must be 18 to attend and place bets. Tickets are available at our website www.campfishtales.org or by calling 989-879-5199. ALL proceeds to benefit Camp Fish Tales programming, scholarships and camp maintenance.

Our Honorary Chairs this year are Chris and Molly Girard. They have been married for 22 years and have four children: Laura, Brooklyn, Kayla, & Rachel and five grandchildren. In addition, they have been foster parents to numerous children throughout the years.  Chris is the President and CEO of Do-All, Inc. serving individuals with a disability and Molly serves as the administrator for the Episcopal Diocese.  In their free time, they operate GIRARD Investments, a residential real estate business managing over 60 rental units.  Chris was recently elected to serve as a City Commissioner for Bay City.

Camp Fish Tales is a barrier-free, accessible camp located on 67 acres on the corner of Erickson and Old State Road between Pinconning and Linwood.  Camp Fish Tales serves individuals of all ages with varying types of disability in order to ensure an enjoyable and enriching experience for all campers.

For more information regarding Camp Fish Tales, or to register a camper, please visit www.campfishtales.org or call (989) 879-5199.

Fish races press release

CFT Leadership Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 28, 2020
Contact Person: Karl Ieuter
Info: (989) 879-5199

Shannon Forshee, Leadership Award

Shannon Forshee, CFT Leadership Award

(Pinconning) The Pinconning & Linwood Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting & Banquet on January 29th at the Pinconning Community Center.

Camp Fish Tales was the recipient of the Leadership award. The Leadership award recognizes a person/organization who models leadership through involvement in the community, and who shows positive vision and direction. Camp Fish Tales Executive Director Shannon Forshee proudly accepted the Leadership Award at the Chamber’s annual meeting, stating, “Every day at camp is a great day!”☀️

Camp Fish Tales will be hosting its Spring Open House on May 17, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its Pinconning location.  A luncheon will be available, including a hot dog bar, snacks, and drinks.  Guests will enjoy a number of outdoor activities, including golf cart tours of the property, pontoon rides, a rock wall, and crafts. Anyone interested in learning more about camp is encouraged to attend!

Camp Fish Tales is a barrier-free, accessible camp located on 67 acres in northern Bay County. CFT serves campers from all over the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Camp Fish Tales serves individuals of all ages with varying types of disability in order to ensure an enjoyable and enriching experience for all campers.

For more information regarding Camp Fish Tales, or to register a camper, please visit www.campfishtales.org or call (989) 879-5199.

Open House and 5K Run Walk set for May 19

CFT 5K Run/WalkJoin us for our annual Happy Camper 5K Run/Walk and Open House at Camp Fish Tales on Sunday, May 19th! 

Register here

ALL proceeds will benefit camper scholarships.

Bring your family and run or walk through our beautiful wooded campus and be one with nature.

Our Open house takes place just before the race from 12-2pm and this event begins at 2pm. Feel free to join us before the race for our open house. We will have tours of camp, activities for the kids and an outdoor picnic style lunch.

Our 5K is open to individuals, families and pets (pets must be leashed and friendly).

$20 a runner or $50 a family of four.  Kids 16 and under are $15.

Check-in begins at 1pm.  Race begins promptly at 2pm.

You will receive an email after registering to get age of each participant.  Click on the link below for additional details and registration information:

The trails at camp are so beautiful.  Click on the link for details and registration:

Register here

 

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Give Local BayGive Local Bay Begins in a Week!

Give Local Bay is a day to celebrate our community and support our local nonprofits!

Donate on May 7th and your gift makes a larger impact! Every donation made in the 24-hour period will be increased by an incentive pool. The more each nonprofit raises, the more incentive money they receive! Your donation will help Camp Fish Tales build it’s endowment fund and will enable us to provide experiences for many generations to come!!

Visit GiveLocalBay.org to donate and support Camp Fish Tales.

Six weeks and counting


 

Hello Campers and Families!!

We are about 6 weeks away from the start of camp! The first day of camp is June 2nd. Go to our home page www.campfishtales.org, then click on the button that says ‘Register’. If you already registered last year, please do not make another profile. You can use last year’s profile and just update the new information and the week you wish to register. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the office 989-879-5199 or my cell at 989-615-7840.

Our theme this year is AROUND THE WORLD IN 5 DAYS! The campers are going to be issued passports, so have them be prepared to travel the world!! We are so excited for the season to begin!

Shannon Forshee
Executive Director