Let’s Go Fishing Productions
A Typical Special Kids Day Event:
This special day includes fishing a stocked trout area of the lake reserved for the kids, boat rides, face painting, lawn games, viewing a host of displays, nature study, and a nice BBQ hotdog lunch. Awards and prizes were given to the top five winners in each category. The cleaned fish go back to the schools in portable ice chests. While these events target children with disabilities we have also worked with several adult organizations and our military.
2016 Scheduled events:
• Shadow Cliffs, Pleasanton – Thursday, May 5, 2016
• Lake Temescal, Oakland – Thursday, May 19, 2016
• Quarry Lakes, Fremont – Thursday, October 6, 2016
• Contra Loma, Antioch – Thursday, October 20, 2016
The success of these events is directly attributed to the many volunteers who give unselfishly of their time to encourage, equip, educate, and empower the many people attending each event. In addition to individual volunteers several companies and schools have utilized their community days requirement to assist in our many programs.
Volunteer Coordinator: Henry Jeung (email@example.com)
Goal and Mission Statement
Let’s Go Fishing Productions is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides special kids day programs for the disabled, sports shows, conservation events, and a host of outdoor adventure activities that enrich people’s lives. We desire to encourage, educate, equip, and empower people to better appreciate and understand the great outdoors. LGFP also supports other non-profit organizations. By providing platforms for service organizations to assist with LGFP events we help service the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We also provide video production and travel consulting services.
SPECIAL KIDS DAY PROGRAMS – History
In 1976 shortly after leaving the East Bay Regional Park District, Jim Grassi received a phone call from Dr. Clinton Lee, a prominent Oakland Dentist. Dr. and Mrs. Lee had a disabled child and a real heart to bless those children who have disabilities.
Dr. Lee and Jim had a mutual interest in the development of the fisheries program for the East Bay lakes and often discussed various ideas about how to enhance the quality of the regional fishery. Dr. Lee asked Jim to attend a fundraising event to establish a trust to build fishing piers for people with disabilities and to establish special fishing programs that would allow youngsters the opportunity to experience the sport of fishing. Jim was a Rotarian at that time and immediately thought of his fellow Rotary Club members in the San Leandro, Castro Valley, and Hayward areas. He encouraged them to become involved with an This request lead to an event that would become known as the Special Kids Day Program for the Disabled. In 1983 the first event was held at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley. The day started with a meal and orientation session for the volunteers. As the special kids and guests for the day arrived they were greeted by Rotarians, off-duty police and firefighters, and some local fisherman. The kids received hats, ribbons, and a joyous greeting from their fishing buddy for the day.
Some forty years and 132 events later, LGFP continues to provide a host of programs for kids and adults with disabilities. To date LGFP has served over 40,000 kids with disabilities and thousands of disabled adults. LGFP has also delivered several programs especially prepared for our disabled military veterans.
Several community service organizations now assist with these programs including Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Native Sons, Redwood Christian Schools, and some local high schools.