Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Club donates $1,000 to Northern Colorado Donation Center

Club Treasurer Barbara Ding, center, and President Jerry Miles present check to Loveland's new Northern Colorado Donation Center.
The following news release was sent Sept. 18 to the Loveland Reporter-Herald and Fort Collins Coloradoan.
For immediate release

Loveland Fishing Club donating $1,000 to Northern Colorado Donation Center

Sept. 18, 2013 - The Loveland Fishing Club, a group of about 100 anglers affiliated with the Chilson Senior Center, is donating $1,000 to the Northern Colorado Donation Center, set up to facilitate aid to Big Thompson flood victims.

"We were holding our monthly meeting Tuesday, and the idea was met with unanimous approval," says Club President Jerry Miles.  "Some thought we should donate directly to the Red Cross, but we like the way the new center is focused on our community, and that the aid goes for what local disaster relief people feel is needed most.”

The fishing club, which this month celebrated its 10th anniversary as a nonprofit dedicated to angling and the improvement of northern Colorado outdoor resources, is using profits from its club raffle to cover the donation.  Club members are also being urged to consider donating the items most requested by the donation center:  non-perishable food, toiletry items, gift cards, bottled water and sports drinks.
The donation center officially opened on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the old Agilent campus, 815 14th St. SW, Loveland, and the donation was presented to the center Wednesday by Miles and Club Treasurer Barbara Ding.

The fishing club is using profits from its monthly club raffle to cover the donation.  A major sponsor of the annual Loveland Kids Fishing Derby, the club was scheduled to hold its third annual Senior Fishing Derby on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Flatiron Reservoir, hosting residents of assisted living centers throughout Loveland.  "We've been asked whether we'll be rescheduling this year," Miles says.  "But with conditions the way they are, it looks like we'll just have to wait until 2014 and do it again."

“One of our big supporters of that event and the Kids Fishing Derby is the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, especially the fish hatchery at LaPorte, which was going to stock Flatiron with trout for the event," Miles says.  "We know the hatchery was inundated by the Cache la Poudre, and we're hoping they can recover soon.

"We're also looking for ways to help out in other ways involving Larimer County natural resources," Miles says.  "We were just about to help with the official opening of Loveland's River's Edge Natural Area, and looking forward to using it ourselves.  Now, we just hope we can find some way to help restore some of the great improvements the city had made in the three River's Edge ponds."

For further information, contact Bill Prater, club vice president, at 303-682-0890.

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