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Family Fishing Event on Lady Bird Lake

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Family fishing activities, including a catch and release catfish tank, casting lessons and shore fishing, are highlights of the Accessible Fishing for All Celebration Sept. 29 at Festival Beach on Lady Bird Lake from 9 a.m. to noon.

Sponsored by the CORE Health Foundation, the event will benefit the ADA Wheelchair Accessible Fishing Pier project on Lady Bird LaBoy in wheelchair

Environmental education activities, a silent auction, and fish themed games are also on the schedule. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Colorado River Foundation are just two of the many sponsors, vendors and other organizations that will be offering information and education. The LaRues will provide a funky mix of eminently danceable songs.

“The purpose of the Accessible Fishing for All Celebration is to highlight the abilities of individuals with special needs in the great outdoors,” said Nicole Harmon, executive director of the CORE Health Foundation. (more…)

Eat at Mimi’s and Support the CORE Health Foundation

Posted on: February 28th, 2012 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Family eating at Mimi's CafeMarch is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the CORE Health Foundation has a tasty way for you to show your support.

On Thursday, March 1, the Mimi’s Café in Bee Cave, Texas, is donating a portion of the night’s sales to the Foundation and our project to build an ADA wheelchair accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake in Austin.

All you have to do is print this flier and then give it to your server when you dine at Mimi’s Café between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on March 1. Mimi’s will donate 15 percent of the cost of your meal to the Foundation.

Mimi’s has something for everyone – from gourmet French dishes such as chicken brie dijon to zesty bacon cheese burgers and crisp Mediterranean salads. And don’t forget to leave room for a bite of something sweet at the end. Mimi’s bread pudding holds a special place in the dessert hall of fame.

Kick off the weekend a day early by meeting your family and friends at Mimi’s for a dinner that will make you feel good inside and out.

We hope to see you there!

CORE awarded $25K to build ADA accessible fishing pier

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

The CORE Health Foundation, our disability advocacy organization, received a $25,000 grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to help fund a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.

“We see this pier as a great example of a public/private partnership with the CORE Health Foundation working with the city and many others to provide facilities for everyone,” said Charlie McCabe, executive director of the Austin Parks Foundation.

Austin native Anthony King, an avid fisherman and former parole officer, suffered a stroke this summer that left him in a wheelchair and dramatically reduced his fishing options. He’s extremely excited about the pier on Lady Bird Lake.

“I love to fish because of the peace, serenity and relaxation it offers,” King said. “I think the pier will be an awesome addition to the city and especially to Lady Bird Lake as it will easily fit into the landscape and still maintain the beauty of the area.”

“This wheelchair accessible pier will give every Austinite and visitor to the area a chance to fish on this popular urban lake without needing a boat,” said Eric Makowski, trustee of the Austin-based CORE Health Foundation and immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of Texas. (more…)

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

Posted on: October 31st, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

Do you remember your first fishing trip? Mine was at the end of the dock at our cottage in northern Michigan. I can still see the worms glistening and wriggling in the Styrofoam cup as the sun hit them. My dad showed me how to wind them on the hook and plop the line in the person in wheelchair on a fishing pierwater. I kept my eyes glued to the bobber, ready to jerk on the bamboo pole if it dipped below the surface, signaling a fish nibble. I think I caught a sunfish about as big as my palm. I was amazed that something that small wanted to eat a slimy worm and waved to the fish when we tossed it back into the lake. I rebaited the hook and waited for something bigger to come along. I was fishing!

The CORE Health Foundation, the arm of CORE that advocates for people with disabilities and works to eliminate biases and stereotypes, wants to give people of all abilities a chance to fish. So we’re working to raise $400,000 to build a wheelchair accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake (you also may know it as Town Lake) in downtown Austin, Texas. (more…)