Shutdown Cancels Charity Trip and Fundraiser For Wounded Veterans 10/11/13
CBS 7 News
October 11, 2013
MIDLAND-For the past six years, Midland’s Reel Thanx has been bringing wounded veterans from all over the country to spend a weekend fishing on Lake Amistad. But now, the planned October 19th tournament and fundraiser is now cancelled because of the lake's shutdown.
"We're very disappointed because we can't honor our six heroes,” said Reel Thanx President Alan Means.
For the wounded vets--it's a special experience.
"The experience with Reel Thanx was truly overwhelming,” said Reel Thanx Participant Lane. “From coming off the airplane to greetings by the Patriot Guard to all the gifts, it was tremendous.”.
It’s also a financial blow -- means said they expected to raise $10,000-20,000 at next week's event and fundraiser.
"It’s a lake, it has access points and a few trash cans,” Means said. “It really doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to keep that open.”
The six veterans planning to come next week will instead go to their next event in March.
"They are blown away by the community here, they are not used to being appreciated and received like they are here,” Means said.
Reel Thanx pays for all the expenses for the vets.
Reel Thanx said they thought about changing locations -- but their lodging and equipment are all based at Lake Amistad.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at the Reel Thanx website at www.reelthanx.org.