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Texas Foundries and Get Hooked
by PAUL HINTON

 

Texas Foundries of Lufkin continues to give great support to the East texas anti drug and alcohol abuse program, East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing.

Each year, for the past eight years, Texas Foundries has presented a $2,000 check to the East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing - Not Drugs Crusade. Recently, Rod Paulette, president and CEO of Texas Foundries, made the 1999 check presentation. Not only does Texas Foundries give a cash donation to this exciting crusade, but they also give 100 youth caps for the kids at Fishing Friends and Family Day at Shirley Creek Marina. Also, Texas Foundries employees contribute hundreds of hours of work each year rigging up several hundred cane poles, making and setting up signs, etc.

Paulette state that Texas Foundries is dedicated to East Texas organizations that are striving to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in our area and especially with our youth. He said that he is proud of the part Texas Foundries has played in the support of this anti-drug crusade.

Miss Hooked on Fishing - Not Drugs 1999 Kristin Little, who is a spokesperson for the organization, was on hand at the check presentation. Kristin is the 18 year old daughter of Lorie and Rich Little of Lufkin and is a sophomore at SFA. Kristin is also Miss East Texas. In accepting our invitation to serve as Miss Hooked on Fishing - Not Drugs of Texas 1999 she wrote,"As you know, my passion is mentoring children through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization. Big Brothers/Big Sisters advocates keeping at risk children busy with a wholesome activity and providing positive reinforcement by a mentor. I believe the time spent fishing with these children can be capitalized on for not only learning a hobby and enjoying a sport but for some quality time for mentoring as well. I look forward to working with you."

Everyone of East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing is elated to have Miss Little representing he program.

In 12 years, East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing has given over $235,000 in rods, reels, tackle boxes, baits, caps and T-shirts to E. Texas youngsters participating in this program. Approximately 18,000 youngsters have made posters or written essays with Hooked on Fishing - Not Drugs Crusade. 150 clean role model celebrities have taken part in our anti drug and alcohol crusade by speaking in schools and fishing with youngsters.

East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing has received ten letters from former President Bush commending this anti drug and alcohol crusade. Numerous others have also commended this event including Governor Bush, who has set three messages of commendation to this program.

Some of the primary objectives of the East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing program are: to provide positive alternatives to alcohol and drug use, to promote public awareness of the fight to help kids have better alternatives, to encourage and challenge youth to set high goals and have high ideals in life, to provide clean role models from different walks of life to speak in schools and at the crusade to stimulate youth, to give as many youngsters as possible their own fishing related products to use fishing as an alternative to drugs, alcohol, and gangs.

A rally and BBQ dinner will be held May 7 at Etoil School from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Fishing Friends and Family Day is Saturday May 8 at Shirley Creek marina on Lake Sam Rayburn. We need products for our auction fund raiser. Please drop your product donation at Christian Words and Works in the Lufkin Mall, or in Nacogdoches at Fredonia Graphics, 2205 North Street, or L & L Home Health Care Service, 4901 North Street, across from Wal Mart SuperStore. You can mail your tax deductible cash contributions to East Texas Get Hooked on Fishing-Not Drugs, Rt. 1 Box 926, Hemphill TX 75948. Call 787-3110 for more information.

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