You would be hard pressed to write a better script. It was a beautiful day with great people having fun in the great outdoors while doing an incredible good deed at the same time.
It all started with Wallace Air Cargo Group providing the funds for the Phil Friedman Outdoor Youth Program so that over 50 kids and parents could get a day on the water. Sully Moore from Troop 2000 in Fontana organizes this trip every year because he says the kids get so much out of it. "They learn to love and appreciate our precious seas," said Moore. "And they have a blast doing it."
But Moore has also turned the trip into a fundraiser for a little girl in San Jose, Costa Rica who lost her father Christian to brain cancer several years ago. Crisbel is a straight A student but economic hardships have kept her out of school for the past month. This week, she would either have to catch up on her tuition or be forced to make up the year.
Troop 2000 raised enough money to keep little Crisbel in school as well as keep alive a promise Christian's sister made to him as he lay dying on a hospital gurney several years ago. She promised her brother that she would look after his daughters until the end of time and with the hope of some truly wonderful people, his dream is still alive.
On the fishing trip, there were first fish caught, kids getting inked by squid, fishing merit badges being earned and lots of fun and love between families. The weather was perfect and Captain Gabriel Ceballos and crew were all about making this a day the kids would never forget.
On board were the Phil Friedman Youth volunteers doing their usual great work. Dawn Sasse-Southern, Bill Swift, RT Soriano, Sergio Fainsztein, Michael Raven and Steve Bermudes stand above for their service and we salute and thank them.
Besides all the great times on this trip, you have to believe that there is a father looking down from above, thankful that his little daughter is back in school and thankful for the people who made it happen.
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