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Jun. 5, 2020
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Boat captain volunteers needed for first CAST for Kids fishing event

By Pamela A. Keene
What started out as a school project for Jackson Morgan, 13, has become a fishing event for children ages 6-17 to catch their first fish. CAST for Kids/Lanier will take place at Little Hall Park on Lake Lanier on Saturday, August 11. The inaugural event will host 40 youngsters, and while registration for participants is filled, event organizers are seeking additional volunteers. 
“Jackson needed service hours for school, and he loves to fish, so we found this event in Alabama,” said Laurie Morgan, his mom. “We went to Lake Guntersville to participate with two of Jackson’s friends, Jakob Cowart and Evan O’Neill, and they had such a great time. When the organizers found out that I was from Lake Lanier, they asked if I would be the coordinator for a program in Georgia.”
For the past several months, Morgan, plus Laura and Jerry Cowart have been finding sponsors, organizing volunteers and managing details for the 40 youngsters who will participate in Lake Lanier’s first event in association with the national group CAST for Kids. 
“We’ve lined up shore volunteers and help for food, plus we’re looking for a few more boat captains so that there will be enough boats for the kids,” she said. “This is my first big event and I’m so pleased that so many people are willing to help.” 
The Georgia Barbecue Association and Daniel Waters from the GBA has organized all the cooking volunteers and food donations for the day. Several other sponsors have stepped up, including Doug Traina with Port Royale Marina. “Doug has really gotten behind us and has been so supportive,” Morgan said. “GPS Hospitality and 680 the Fan have also been working with us.”
Each participate will receive a T-shirt, hat and fishing gear. Lunch will be provided for the participants and their families. 
To volunteer or for more information, email Laurie Morgan at or call her at 678 852-4957. For more info about the national CAST for Kids Foundation, visit

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