Camp Aranzazu’s 11th annual “Zazu Fishing and Fun” will be held Saturday, September 28, at the camp’s 104-acre facility in Rockport. Register today and help underwrite the cost of camp for children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses.

The day will begin promptly at sunrise with a fishing tournament; those who do not fish are welcome to attend and enjoy the fun. Guests can tour the camp’s idyllic setting on Copano Bay, enjoy a barbecue meal and live music, and bid on some great trips, outdoor gear and other auction items.

Last year’s event was the biggest ever, drawing 375 people and raising $190,000. These funds helped underwrite a week at camp for 170 children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses.

Camp Aranzazu President Virginia Ballard states the purpose of the event is to raise money to continue underwriting the cost of camp and also introduce more people—particularly in the Coastal Bend—to the camp.

“Most of these children would never be able to attend camp if it were not for Camp Aranzazu,” said Ballard. “However, many people are unaware that we exist or heard of the positive impact we have had on children.”

More than 60 percent of Camp Aranzazu’s campers come from Coastal Bend organizations, including Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi Independent School District Special Education and The Vine School.

“We are always eager for more people to come see the camp and learn more about it,” said Ballard. “Once they do, they are surprised at how big and beautiful the facility is and how many people have benefited. Our hope is that this event will draw the community to the camp.”

Event registration is available at www.camparanzazu.org. Teams and underwriting opportunities range from $1,000 to $15,000. Tickets for the evening event are $150 per person or $250 per couple.

Camp Aranzazu is a 104-acre, barrier-free camp. Its mission is to enrich the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and special needs by providing unique camping, environmental educations and retreat experiences. All proceeds will help underwrite the cost of camp so that as many campers as possible can benefit.

Since 2006, approximately 24,500 children and adults have benefited from the camp’s unique form of recreational therapy.

For more information, contact Camp Aranzazu Director of Development Kate Plouvier at katep@camparanzazu.org.

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