Program Lead Jay Breneman of the PHWFF West Bradford, PA Program recounts a visit with the Conestoga High School Fishing Club and their generous contributions towards supporting the area’s veteran community through this local Project Healing Waters Program:
In early June of 2017, Jay Breneman, Program Lead of Project Healing Waters West Bradford, received an email from the father of the president of the Conestoga High School Fishing Club. The subject of the email was a donation to the program. Imagine that, a high school fishing club investigating Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing!
As with many extra-curricular high school activities, clubs are organized by interested students and attached to a faculty adviser. Their activities are funded though their own grass root fundraising efforts. The Conestoga Fishing Club has worked diligently at this by organizing bake sales, raffles and fishing tournaments. With parental assistance and guidance from their faculty advisor, the club was very well successful in this endeavor.
Joe and Nathan started the Conestoga Fishing Club in 2014 as a student activity. Both of these young men wanted to share their love of fishing and the outdoors with other students. They now have approximately fifty members, and are supervised by faculty adviser, Mr. Patrick Cupo.
At some point, the club determined that they wanted to donate to a worthy organization involved with fishing and the outdoors. With Joe and Nathan leading the discussion, the club searched for a worthy cause finding Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing on social media. After a bit of research, they contacted David Folkerts our COO, who directed them to the West Bradford Program.
On June 12th, Dave Riggio (Deputy Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania) and I had the opportunity to meet the president of the Conestoga Fishing Club, Joe Walton and his dad, the club vice president, Nathan Seifert and approximately twenty members of the club.
After meeting with the club and explaining the PHWFF mission, how it helps heal the veteran and adding some local anecdotes, we were presented with a very generous donation. By inviting us to discuss Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing they have helped us spread the message of healing.
The West Bradford participants and volunteers extend their heartfelt thanks to the Conestoga Fishing Club. Their generosity will make a difference to the disabled veterans we serve.