Lake Champlain International, Inc. Donations to HowardCenter


Mar 11, 2001
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Lake Champlain International, Inc. Donations to HowardCenter Reach Nearly $19,000


Burlington, Vermont—Lake Champlain International, Inc., organizer of the LCI Fishing Derbies, presented a check in the amount of $6100 to HowardCenter for 2007. The donation is part of an ongoing effort to benefit Fishing For Friends—a partnership between Lake Champlain International, Inc. and Community Friends Mentoring, a program of HowardCenter, to connect children with qualified adults through fishing.

“Thank you for your continued support and visibility, which together allow us to sustain and expand the Community Friends Mentoring program. Generosity like LCI’s is not common and is treasured when it is received. We celebrate your vision in honoring the children we serve,” said HowardCenter Executive Director Todd Centybear.

HowardCenter’s Director of Child, Youth & Family Catherine Simonson continued, “Appreciation may be expressed in many ways, but it strikes us that our appreciation of what you and LCI have given HowardCenter may not be easily expressed in words. … We not only appreciate but also are inspired by what you and LCI have done for the Community Friends Mentoring program.”

James Ehlers, Lake Champlain International, Inc.’s executive director, said, “Lake Champlain International, Inc. is pleased to share with those who share the greatest offering—their time with a child. We are proud to carry on the fishing tradition and the camaraderie known to fishing friends with Community Friends Mentoring. We look forward to reaching our Fishing For Friends fundraising goal in 2008.”

Fishing For Friends was launched in 2006 to introduce fishing, healthy relationships, and conservation to a new generation of children in need of positive role models. The goal was to recruit 25 anglers to act as mentors for area children and raise the $25,000 necessary for these matches. Since that time Lake Champlain International, Inc. has raised $18,615.80.

Community Friends Mentoring (CFM), a program of HowardCenter for Human Services’ Baird division, matches caring adult volunteers with children ages 6-12 who would benefit from extra support and attention in their life. The Community Friends Mentoring program, now in its 25th year, supports area children by providing fun, caring mentoring relationships with adult volunteers. Mentoring pairs are carefully matched and then meet regularly to spend time together on their own in the community, sharing activities they both enjoy. CFM is funded by support from the Vermont Foundation for Children and Families, plus grants and private donations, like those from Lake Champlain International, Inc.

The LCI Father’s Day Fishing Derby, one of several LCI Derbies, is Vermont’s most popular annual fishing event and is America’s oldest largest freshwater derby. Hosted by Lake Champlain International, Inc., the LCI Derbies began in 1982 with the mission of raising money for Lake Champlain conservation. Today the derbies do that, as well as enhance recreational fishing-related tourism activity on the lake while promoting the family tradition of fishing.

Media Contact:
Kristen Hayden West, Howard Center (802) 651-7064
James Ehlers, Lake Champlain International, Inc. (802) 879-3466

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