19th Annual Children's Fishing Tournament 5/30/2015

The front entrance pond was the site for the 19th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May 30th.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.  More than 160 fish were caught and released!  Each child was treated to two hours of fishing, a free lunch, a fishing kit, and a bag filled with fishing gear and a copy of the 2015 fishing regulations.  Trophy winners in each age group are as follows:

Ages 5 & 6

Longest Fish - Whitney Hochberg
Heaviest Fish - Brayden Gaskill
Most Fish - Will Newton

Ages 7 & 8
Longest Fish - Elijah Bey
Heaviest Fish - Dominic Turner
Most Fish - Hayden Farrar

Ages 9, 10 & 11
Longest Fish - Jaden Bennett
Heaviest Fish - Alexis Gardner
Most Fish - Mariah Murray

Ages 12, 13 & 14
Longest Fish - Jonathan Martin
Heaviest Fish - David Fallows
Most Fish - Christopher Stanton

The longest fish was 18 inches and weighed 3 pounds and the most fish caught by one person was 25.  What a great day it was for fishing!  Thanks to all of the volunteers and a special thanks to Hank Lewis for being the MC and Clearwater Grill for preparing lunch for everyone.

The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank our sponsors:  LOWA, LOW Lions, LOW Lioness, LOW Bass Anglers, LOW AARP, Suzanne Brady of Century 21 Adventure Redwood and The Car Doctor.

 

10th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Results 7/19/2014

The Lake Youth Foundation celebrated its 10th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on July 19th at Sailboat Beach.  Ten boats were entered in the regatta in six different race categories. Below is the list of participants and their rankings in the races.

Ages 10 & Younger        
1st Place - Duck Dynasty - James and Lucas Sagar
2nd Place - The Flying Dutchman - Wilson and Elle Carr, Chase Whelan
        
Ages 11 - 14        
1st Place - Sea Bear - Gene Flecker
2nd Place - L.O.W. Life - Lilly Dean, Adair Keener, Maya Koehn-Wu
        
Ages 15 - 18        
1st Place - Krispy Kreme - Anthony Albrecht
        
Ages 19 & Up        
1st Place - Semper Fi - Jason Hileman
2nd Place - Surf’s Up - Mark Albrecht
3rd Place - Meet the Beatles - Nathan Hileman
        
Parent and Child        
1st Place - The All-Stars - Chad and Mary-Beth Roop
        
School/Civic/Scout/Club/Business        
1st Place - Pingu III (AARP) - Bobbie Prees and Bill Wemmerus

Pre-Race Awards
Best in Show - The Flying Dutchman
Most Likely to Float - Pingu III (AARP)
Titanic - L.O.W. Life
People’s Choice - Pingu II (AARP)

LYF would like to thank our official judges Stan Lasover (Lions), Karen Cakouros (Lioness) and Sylvia Zelinsky (LOWA) for selecting the boats for our pre-race awards. Thanks to Dave McKee, Frank Liberti, Charles Kuehn for their efforts as safety kayakers, Gail Hardin for supplying the kayaks, Melanie Philipp for placing the race buoys in the water and for giving our pre-race briefings, Mary Kramer for assisting with the business logo designs on the regatta shirts, Eric Kramer for tabulating the donations for the People’s Choice award, and Scott McFarland for being the event photographer.  A special thanks to Hank Lewis for being the master of ceremonies for this year’s regatta.  

We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued financial support: LOW Lions and Lioness Club, CCE Specialties, LLC, LOW Bass Anglers, The Car Doctor, AARP Chapter 5239 and Century 21 Redwood, (Suzanne Brady).  See you all next year for another fun filled regatta!

18th Annual Children's Fishing Tournament 5/17/2014

The front entrance pond was the site for the 18th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May 17th.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.  We had 100 children compete in the tournament and a total of 250 people in attendance.  More than 300 fish were caught and released!  Each child was treated to two hours of fishing, a free lunch, a minnow bucket or rod & reel, and a bag filled with fishing gear & educational pamphlets.  Trophy winners in each age group are as follows:

Ages 5 & 6
Longest Fish        DJ White
Heaviest Fish       McKenna Dickey
Most Fish              Avery Peede

Ages 7 & 8
Longest Fish        Rylee Longfellow
Heaviest Fish       Kylie Beardsley
Most Fish              Camryn Carter

Ages 9, 10 & 11
Longest Fish        Cameron Pittman
Heaviest Fish       Neo Padilla
Most Fish              Megan Murphy

Ages 12, 13 & 14
Longest Fish        Sterling Pedretti
Heaviest Fish       Alexis Chapman
Most Fish              Preya Agam

The longest fish was 18 inches and weighed almost 3 pounds and the most fish caught by one person was 27.  What a great day it was for fishing!  Thanks to all of the volunteers and a special thanks to Hank Lewis for being the MC and Clearwater Grill for preparing lunch for everyone.

The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank our sponsors:  LOWA, LOW Lions, LOW Lioness, CCE Specialties, LOW Bass Anglers, Suzanne Brady of Century 21 Adventure Redwood, LOW AARP, and The Car Doctor.

LYF Directors Receive Certificate of Appreciation! 9/15/2013

Dee Flood, Jim Flood and Diane Hileman were recognized at LOW's annual member meeting for their work with the Lake Youth Foundation.

Jim and Dee Flood have been great supporters of the Lake Youth Foundation and a real asset to Lake of the Woods.  In 2005 Lake Youth Foundation was formed.  One of the first events that held in the basement of the Clubhouse was an opportunity for children to visit with Santa.  Since then it has migrated to the Community Center, complete with a magical room decorated just for the visit.   From 2005, Jim and Dee have personally brought Santa and his wife to visit with children in Lake of the Woods.  They set up the magical room and spent the whole event with the children.

For the past two years, Dee has continued to welcome children at the annual event while Jim has helped out in the background.  This annual event generally draws up to 75 children who are able to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him their fondest wishes.  Santa is always kind and gentle and full of big smiles for the camera. It is also noteworthy that parents are encouraged to take their own pictures at no charge.  In fact, the whole event is done with no charge to the participants.   

Currently they are both serving on the LYF Board where Jim has been elected Vice President.  Dee recently chaired the annual scholarship committee to select four Lake of the Woods graduating high school seniors for scholarships.  They are always at our events, ready to lend a hand to make our events successful.  It is because of selfless people like Jim and Dee Flood, that Lake of the Woods is a wonderful place for young families to raise their children.

Diane Hileman has been an essential member of the Lake Youth Foundation since the founding in 2005.  She brought the idea of a cardboard boat regatta to the lake.  And in 2005, she chaired the first Cardboard Boat Regatta.   She has been devoted to this event and in July she just chaired the 9th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.  During this time many youngsters and “not so youngsters” have competed in this annual event.  The Regatta is an opportunity for a family or organization to work together to construct and then try to float their boat. It is a much anticipated event at Lake of the Woods.

Diane is a Founding Members who has served as President, Vice President and is currently serving as Secretary of the Lake Youth Foundation.  She has written many articles for the Lake Currents about LYF and designed many of the forms used for registration of our events.  Lake Youth Foundation is proud to have her as a member of our Board.

9th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Results 7/20/2013

The Lake Youth Foundation had its largest turnout for its 9th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta which was held on July 20th at Sailboat Beach.  Fourteen boats were entered in the regatta in six different race categories. Below is the list of participants and their rankings in the races.

Ages 10 & Younger        
1st Place - Deep Trouble - Lucas and James Sagar
2nd Place - SS Origami - Ben Fields
3rd Place - Lake Monster - Emily Weber
        
Ages 11 - 14        
1st Place - Sea Bear - Gene Flecker
2nd Place - The Boat-R-Fly - Emma McFarland
3rd Place - Smaug - Ethan Ewing and Jay Walrond
        
Ages 15 - 18        
1st Place - Krispy Kreme - Anthony Albrecht
2nd Place - Get Reel - Jason Hileman
        
Ages 19 & Up        
1st Place - Lake Monster - Matt Weber
2nd Place - The Hokie Boat - Melanie and Todd Philipp
3rd Place - USS Monitor - Mark Albrecht and Nathan Hileman
        
Parent and Child        
1st Place - Noah’s Ark - Tim Barr, Max and Rob Yarrow
        
School/Civic/Scout/Club/Business        
1st Place - Soccer Star-OSA - Emma, Noah and Shawn Harlan
2nd Place - Pingu II (AARP) - Bobbie Prees

Pre-Race Awards:

Best in Show - Noah’s Ark
Most Likely to Float - Pingu II (AARP)
Titanic - Soccer Star (Orange Soccer Association)
People’s Choice - Pingu II (AARP)

LYF would like to thank our official judges Nola Davidson (Lions), Beth Sundberg (Lioness) and Sylvia Zelinsky (LOWA) for selecting the boats for our pre-race awards. Thanks to Jimmy Lee and John Rush for their efforts as safety kayakers, Gail Hardin for supplying the kayaks, Melanie Philipp for placing the race buoys in the water and for giving our pre-race briefings, Mary Kramer for assisting with the business logo designs on the regatta shirts, Eric and Tony Kramer for tabulating the donations for the People’s Choice award, and Dennis Kramer for being the event photographer.  A special thanks to Hank Lewis for being the master of ceremonies for this year’s regatta.  

We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued financial support: LOW Lions and Lioness Club, CCE Specialties, LLC, LOW Bass Anglers, The Car Doctor, AARP Chapter 5239 and Century 21 Redwood, (Suzanne Brady).

17th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament 5/18/2013

The front entrance pond was the site for the 17th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May 18th.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in this event.  We had 88 children compete in the tournament and a total of 250 people in attendance.  More than 300 fish were caught and released!  Each child was treated to two hours of fishing, a free lunch, a soft-sided tackle bag, and a bag filled with bobbers, soft plastic baits and educational pamphlets.   Trophy winners in each age group are as follows:

Ages 5 – 6
Longest Fish        Kaydence Hill-Jiggest
Heaviest Fish       Jenah Ray-lynn Woodward
Most Fish              Quinn Zoeller

Ages 7 – 8
Longest Fish        Sara Younce
Heaviest Fish       Logan Neves
Most Fish              Kylie Beardsley

Ages 9, 10, 11
Longest Fish        Gienevieve Blake
Heaviest Fish       Ryan Murphy
Most Fish               Brianna Beardsley

Ages 12, 13, 14
Longest Fish        Allen Seeley, Jr.
Heaviest Fish       Skyler Lunford
Most Fish              Emily Cintella

The longest fish was 14 inches, heaviest fish was 1 lb. 4 oz. and the most fish caught by one person was 27.  What a great day it was for fishing!  Thanks to all of the volunteers and a special thanks to Hank Lewis for being the MC and Clearwater Grill for preparing lunch for everyone.

The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank our sponsors:  LOWA, LOW Lions, LOW Lioness, CCE Specialties, LOW Bass Anglers, and Suzanne Brady of Century 21 Adventure Redwood, LOW AARP, and The Car Doctor.

8th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Was a Huge Success 7/28/2012

The Lake Youth Foundation had another hot steamy day for our 8th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta which was held on Saturday, July 28th   at Sailboat beach. The excitement of the races grew as our nine (9)  registered boats  in five different categories were awaiting the judging of their boats.  Below is the list of participants and their rankings in the races.

Ages 10 & Younger
1st Place - Deep Trouble - James and Lucas Sagar
2nd Place - Fire Cracker - Caleb Hoerner and Noah Harlan

Ages 15 - 18
1st Place - Krispy Kreme - Anthony Albrecht
2nd Place - Get Reel - Jason Hileman
        
Ages 19  and Up
1st Place - U.S.S. Monitor - Joe and Mark Albrecht
2nd Place - H2O No - Lauren Magalee and T.J. Murphy
        
Parent and Child
1st Place - The Red Diamond - Sean, Brittany, Christian, Caitlyn and Madisyn Nagel

School/Civic/Scout/Club/Business
1st Place - Pingu II (AARP) - Bobbie Prees
2nd Place - U.S.S. LOW Vets - Brian & Amanda Stuchel, Dennis Kramer and Nathan Hileman

Pre-Race Awards
Best in Show - U.S.S. LOW Vets
Most Likely to Float - Pingu II (AARP)
Titanic - The Red Diamond
People’s Choice - Pingu II (AARP) and U.S.S. LOW Vets tied for collecting $39 each for the LYF Scholarship Fund

A special thank you to our judges Lois Powell (Lions), Zoila Ortega (Lioness) and Pat Rowland (LOWA President) for selecting the boats for our pre-race awards. We also appreciate the kayaking services of Sam Wilson and Ron Daniels for manning the races from the water in case any mishaps occurred.  Jimmy Lee for supplying the buoys and whiteboard, Gail Hardin for supplying the kayak.  An additional thank you to Mary Kramer for her assistance with the business logo designs on the regatta shirts.  Mike Andricos for tabulating the boat donation boxes for the People’s Choice award.  Hank Lewis for graciously accepting the task of Master of Ceremonies for this year’s regatta.  Cool Zone for selling ice cream.

A final thank you to our sponsors for their continued financial support: LOW Lions and Lioness Club, LOW Bass Anglers, Eleni’s Restaurant, LOW Players, Century 21 AdVenture, (Suzanne Brady), The Car Doctor, and AARP Chapter 5239.  See you all next year for another fun filled regatta!

 

16th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament 5/19/2012

The front entrance pond was the site for the 16th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May 19th.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank all of the participants at this event.  We had 84 children participate and 250 people in attendance.  More than 250 fish were caught and released!  Each child was treated to two hours of fishing, a free lunch prepared by Clearwater Grill, a rod and reel, and a bag filled with a rain poncho, fishing supplies and educational pamphlets.   Trophy winners in each age group are as follows:

Ages 5 – 6
Longest Fish - Charlotte Pettyjohn
Heaviest Fish - Conor Stearnes
Most Fish - Katherine Trocchio

Ages 7 – 8
Longest Fish - Sara Younce
Heaviest Fish - Paige Watson
Most Fish - Jayden Hill-Jiggetts

Ages 9, 10, 11
Longest Fish - Manual Herraiz
Heaviest Fish - Amber Seeley
Most Fish - Alexis Chapman

Ages 12, 13, 14

Longest Fish - Allen Seeley, Jr.
Heaviest Fish - Jesse Powell
Most Fish - Kelly Williams

The longest fish was 19.5 inches, heaviest fish was 3 lbs. and the most fish caught by one person was 23!  What a great day it was for fishing!  Thanks to all of the volunteers and a special thanks to Hank Lewis.

The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank our sponsors:  LOWA, Clearwater Grill, LOW Lions, LOW Lioness, LOW Bass Anglers, Eleni’s Restaurant, Suzanne Brady of Century 21 Adventure, LOW AARP, The Car Doctor, Pete Webb of Nationwide Insurance.

 

7th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Was a Huge Success 7/23/2011

Our 7th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta was held on Saturday, July 23rd   at Sailboat beach during an extreme heat wave which didn’t hamper the crowd from attending this popular event!  Ten boats were registered in five different categories this year.  Below is the list of participants and their rankings.

Ages 10 & Younger        
1st Place - The Banana Boat - Corrado and Cristos Apostolakis
2nd Place - Dumpster Diva - TJ Murphy and James Sagar
3rd Place - Boat R. Fly - Emily McFarland
4th Place - Soggy Bottom IV - Ethan, Natalie & Charlotte Pettyjohn and Allie, Robbie, and Kamiryn Pittman

Ages 11 - 14
1st Place - LOW Players “Oklahoma” - Thomas and John Paul Gildersleeve
2nd Place - Molly Brown - Noah Jones
        
Ages 15 - 18        
1st Place - Army Ranger - Jason Hileman and Anthony Albrecht
        
Parent and Child    
1st Place - Thor - Max and Rob Yarrow, Timmy Barr

School/Civic/Scout/Club/Business
1st Place - U.S.S. LOW Vets - Amanda & Brian Stuchel, Mark Albrecht and Nathan Hileman
2nd Place - Pingu II (AARP) - Bobbie Prees

Pre-Race Awards
Best in Show - Thor
Most Likely to Float - USS LOW Vets
Titanic - The Banana Boat
People’s Choice - Molly Brown (collected $68.50 for the LYF Scholarship Fund)

We would like to thank the following businesses: Clearwater Grill for preparing lunch and donating a portion of the proceeds to LYF, Cool Zone for selling ice cream and Norma Hix-Macht of “Colored In Disguise” for her awesome face paintings!  

A special thank you to our judges Daniel Benedict (Lions), Courtney Farrel (Lioness Scholarship Winner) and Margaret Darby (LOWA Vice President) for selecting the boats for our pre-race awards. We also appreciate the kayaking services of Terri Karfgin and Kathy Dunn for manning the races from the water in case any mishaps occurred.  Jimmy Lee for supplying the kayak and buoys and Melanie Philipp for placing the buoys in the water for the race course.  An additional thank you to Mary Kramer for her assistance with the business logo designs on the regatta shirts.  Neil Buttimer for graciously accepting the task of M/C for this year’s regatta.  Diane Hileman for organizing this entire event for the past seven years.

A final thank you for the financial support of our sponsors: LOW Lions and Lioness Club, Clearwater Grill, LOW Bass Anglers, The Car Doctor, AARP, Coldwell Banker Elite-Suzanne Brady, Cool Zone, and Eleni’s Restaurant.  Hope to see you all next year when we will be adding a “Mom’s” category!

 

15th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament 5/21/2011

The front entrance pond was the site for the 15th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May 21st.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank all of the participants at this event.  We had 92 children participate and 370 people in attendance.  More than 300 fish were caught and released!  Each child was treated to two hours of fishing, a free lunch prepared by Clearwater Grill, a rod and real, and a bag filled with coupons, fishing supplies and educational pamphlets.   Trophy winners in each age group are as follows:

Ages 5 – 6
Longest Fish         Abigale Quinlan
Heaviest Fish        Abigale Quinlan
Most Fish               Conor Stearns

Ages 7 – 8
Longest Fish         Isabelle Edmunds
Heaviest Fish        Rebecca Arnold
Most Fish               Grayson Woods

Ages 9, 10, 11
Longest Fish         Bethany Blake
Heaviest Fish        Jonathan Powell
Most Fish               Preya Agam

Ages 12, 13, 14
Longest Fish         Tristan Summer
Heaviest Fish        Aaron Hillary
Most Fish               Sara Agam

The longest fish was 15 inches, heaviest fish was 1 lb. 10 oz. and the most fish caught by one person was 53!  What a great day it was for fishing!  Thanks to all of the volunteers who made this a wonderful day!

The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank our sponsors:  LOWA, Clearwater Grill, LOW Lions, LOW Lioness, Orange County Moose Lodge, LOW Bass Anglers, Eleni’s Restaurant, Suzanne Brady of Coldwell Banker Elite, LOW AARP,  The Car Doctor, Bloom, McDonald’s, Sheetz, Lessly Eye Care, Jack Kelley Insurance, and Gander Mountain.

 

The Weather Was Eggsactly Right! 4/23/2011

On April 23rd, Easter Saturday, 129 children accompanied by parents, grandparents, friends and relatives showed up for the Lake Youth Foundation Easter Egg Hunt at Sweetbriar Pavilion. The weather looked threatening as the “bunny helpers” hid eggs, but during the hunt the sun came out and the rain clouds disappeared. The Easter Bunny even came to pose for pictures of all the children who visited with him. This was our most successful hunt with over 1,800 eggs hidden and found.

We owe many thanks to Mary Lou McFarland and family who took phone or email reservations, and to Hank Lewis who chaired the event. Our many helpers included Connie Buttimer, Chris Carr, Lee & Pierce Crowell, Diane & Terry Hileman, Lois Powell, and Katie Yarrow. We were also pleased to have teen helpers Danielle Amador, Danielle Amaruso, Elle Hayes, Jason Hileman, and Nathan Hileman.

Santa Visits with Children at the Lake 12/18/2010

On December 18, sixty-nine children had the opportunity to visit with Santa. The Lake Youth Foundation had made sure that there was a special room in the Community Center to welcome Santa for the day. He listened intently to every boy and girl who came to visit. Parents and grandparents were able to capture the moment on their cameras.

In the Community Room cookies and juice were available for snacking while they waited their turn. We thank the LOW Lioness for providing some of the cookies. Also Heidi Karns of the Lake Co-op Preschool, constructed a large gingerbread house for the youngsters to play in. They were also invited to help decorate the roof with colorful circles. And added to the fun was Mary Lou McFarland’s band of young magicians. Periodic shows of magic tricks delighted the children.

In the teen room, Orange County Deputy Sheriff Jamee Hearn and her assistant Tina Benner were able to process 25 children in the Safe Assured ID program. A picture, voice recording and fingerprints were taken for each child processed and placed on a disc. This disc was then given to the parent for safe keeping. The information on this disc can assist in identifying and locating a missing child if that should ever become necessary. Lake Youth Foundation plans to have this service available at all their functions this year.

LYF’s Cardboard Boat Regatta Was a Huge Success 7/24/2010

Saturday, July 24th was the hottest day of the summer, but that didn’t keep the crowd away from the Lake Youth Foundation’s 6th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.  We had fourteen awesome boats registered in five different categories this year.  Our biggest turnout yet! Below is the list of participants and their rankings.

Ages 10 & Younger   
1st Place                         Tanker 20                                    Cristo and Corrado Apostolakis, Andrew Geracoulis
2nd Place                        Boat R Fly                                    Emma McFarland
  
Ages 11 - 14   
1st Place                         G. I. Joe                                       Jason Hileman and Anthony Albrecht
2nd Place                        Whatever Floats Your Boat        Amanda and Brian Stuchel
  
Ages 15 - 18   
1st Place                         Bombs Away                               Mark and Joe Albrecht, Nathan Hileman
2nd Place                        Chang Jing Lu                            Jessica Osceola, Maggie Walker
  
Parent and Child   
1st Place                         Soggy Bottom III                     Brent, Ethan, Natalie and Charlotte Pettyjohn Rob,
                                                                                          Tonie, Allison, Robbie and Kamryn Pittman
2nd Place                        Titanic                                      Timmy Barr, Rob and Max Yarrow
3rd Place                        Watermelon Sunshine              Toni and Brian Tribble
  
School/Civic/Scout/Club/Business 
1st Place                        Pingu II (AARP)                          Bobbie Prees
2nd Place                       USS LOW Veterans                    Eric and Dennis Kramer, Shae Boggs, Michael Krug
3rd Place                        Luau (Fun Bunch)                      Hank Lewis, Rachael Stephens

Pre-Race Awards
Best in Show                 Titanic
Most Likely to Float       USS LOW Veterans
Titanic                            Whatever Floats Your Boat
People’s Choice             Luau (collected $176 for the LYF Scholarship Fund)

We would like to thank the following businesses: Clearwater Grill for preparing lunch and donating a portion of the proceeds to LYF, Cool Zone for selling ice cream and the talented Norma Hix-Macht of “Colored In Disguise” for her outstanding face paintings! 

A special thank you to our judges Bernie Oravec (Lions), Janet Berge (Lioness) and Rob Martin (LOW AGM of Operations) for selecting the boats for our pre-race awards. We also appreciate the kayaking services of Terri Karfgin and Kathy Dunn for manning the races from the water in case any mishaps occurred.  Jimmy Lee and John Gamble for supplying the kayak and buoys and Melanie Philipp for placing the buoys in the water for the race course.  An additional thank you to Mary Kramer for her yearly help with the business logo designs on the regatta shirts.  Lastly, let’s not forget our regatta MC Otis Adgerson (a.k.a. Captain Jones) for the wonderful excitement he generates during the event.  

A final thank you for the financial support from our sponsors LOW Lions and Lioness Club, Clearwater Grill, Orange County Moose Lodge #2198, LOW Players, LOW Bass Anglers, The Car Doctor, AARP, Coldwell Banker Elite-Suzanne Brady, Cool Zone, and Spiro’s Pizza and Subs.  Hope to see you all next year!

14th Annual Children's Fishing Tournament 5/22/2010

The front entrance pond was the site for the 14th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May 22nd.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank all of the participants at this event.  We had 122 children participate and 350 people in attendance.  Each child was treated to two hours of fishing, a free lunch prepared by Clearwater Grill, a rod and reel, participation trophy, and a bag filled with coupons, fishing supplies and educational pamphlets.   Trophy winners in each age group are as follows:

Ages 5 – 6                                                                       Ages 7 – 8
Longest Fish - Natalie Pettyjohn                                Longest Fish - Chris Stanton
Heaviest Fish - Jayden Hill-Jiggetts                            Heaviest Fish - Kelsea James
Most Fish - Brennan Hall                                               Most Fish - Dakota Murphy

Ages 9, 10, 11                                                               Ages 12, 13, 14
Longest Fish - Troy Nalley                                             Longest Fish - Samantha James
Heaviest Fish - Parker Cianci                                       Heaviest Fish - Joseph Hart
Most Fish - Brendon Williams                                         Most Fish - Joe Mintz

We were blessed with a great day for fishing. The rain held off until well after the event! Thanks to all the volunteers who made this a wonderful day!

The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank our wonderful sponsors: LOWA, Clearwater Grill, LOW Lions, LOW Lioness, Orange County Moose Lodge, LOW Bass Anglers, Spiro’s Pizza & Subs, Suzanne Brady of Coldwell Banker Elite, LOW AARP, Teller Dental, The Car Doctor, Ernie Meier, True Value Hardware, Bloom, McDonald’s, Sheetz, JD Krob, Lessly Eye Care, Susan’s Flowers, Jack Kelley Insurance, Stellar One and Gander Mountain.

Egg-cited Children Attend LYF Event 4/3/2010

It was a beautiful day for an Easter Egg Hunt.  Over 100 children, tugging along their parents and grandparents attended the Lake Youth Foundation Event.  Areas were set up for the three different age groups of children.  Excitement was high as they all viewed the field full of eggs for the youngest of the hunters.  The children were also delighted to be able to meet the Easter Bunny and pose for pictures.  As with all LYF events, parents and grandparents are allowed to take their own pictures at no cost.  We also had complimentary snacks available for the youngsters. 
 
We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our many events and activities.  If you can spare an hour or two to help out at the Fishing Tournament, Cardboard Boat Regatta, Super Sitter Class or A Visit With Santa, please call Connie Buttimer at 540-972-0083 or send an email to info@lakeyouth.org.

Santa Visits with Children at the Lake 12/5/2009

It was the perfect afternoon for a Visit with Santa. Big fluffy flakes were falling from the sky and the temperature was chilly enough to bundle up in warm coats and hats. Parents and their children, with some Grandparents and friends in tow, began arriving to have their annual visit with Santa at the Community Center.  Threatening weather didn’t scare away most families and over 60 children had an opportunity to visit personally with Santa in his magical room.  Many came dressed in their finest Christmas outfits and some families came dressed alike for a family picture. One family has been attending for the last four years and uses these pictures as a visual history of their children's growth.  Many thanked us for this opportunity to use their own camera to catch this special moment in time.  Everyone was treated to cookies and juice as their waited for their turn.

The children were also encouraged to participate in the coloring contest being held at the Community Center by Operations Assistant, Sylvia Zelinsky.  These works of art are on display at the Community Center.

This event closes another successful year for Lake Youth Foundation. The LYF Board is making plans for 2010. An Easter egg hunt, Children's Fishing Tournament, Cardboard Boat Regatta and a visit with Santa are in the planning stages. When the LOWA Youth Activities Committee sponsors the Battle of the Bands, we will again help with that event. We will also team up with the LOW Players for a one-day drama workshop. In addition, we will train super sitters later in the summer. At our Scholarship Brunch we will award several scholarships to LOW graduating seniors.  Applications are already in the area high schools. We really need extra hands to help with these events and programs, so please call Connie at 972-0083 to volunteer a few hours.

Huge Turnout for LYF's 5th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta 8/15/2009

Even though the regatta had to be rescheduled, there was still a tremendous turnout to watch ten boats compete in four different categories on Saturday, August 15th at Sailboat beach. Below is a list of the participants in each category:

Ages 11 & Younger
1st Place Zcar5 Jared Hoerner, Cristo and Corrado Apostolakis
2nd Place Mario & Luigi Battle Boat Tommy Bowers & Nathaneal Bove
Ages 12 - 17
1st Place Pi-Yak Sam Churchill
2nd Place BoatRFly Andi Hochenberger
3rd place Space Invaders II Jason Hileman & Emily Malacane
Parent and Child
1st Place The "Sale" Boat Thad and Zachary Sale
2nd Place U.S.S Virginia Terry and Nathan Hileman, Laura Malacane
School/Civic/Scout/Club/Business
1st Place Fun Bunch Hank Lewis & Rachael Stephens
2nd Place AARP "Gray power" Carla Wascalus
3rd Place Pingu (NARFE) Bobbie Prees
Pre-Race Awards
Best in Show U.S.S. Virginia
Most Likely to Float BoatRFly
Titanic Mario & Luigi Battle Boat

We would like to thank Robinson’s Tavern & Grill for volunteering to prepare and serve lunch for the event. Route 3 Diner for selling Hershey ice cream treats and the talented Norma Hix of “Colored In Disguise” for her outstanding face paintings!

A special thank you to our judges Carol Curry, Jeff Flynn and Carol Greeney for selecting the boats for our pre-race awards and the Wilderness Model Yacht Club for demonstrating their remote control sailboats. We also appreciate the kayaking services of Terri Karfgin and Kathy Dunn for manning the races from the water in case any mishaps occurred. Let’s not forget our regatta MC Otis Adgerson (a.k.a. Captain Dreadlock) for the wonderful excitement he generates during the event.

A final thank you for the financial support from our sponsors LOW Lions and Lioness Club, Clearwater Grill, Orange County Moose Lodge #2198, LOW Players, Teller Dental, The Car Doctor, AARP, Getty & Associates, P.C., and Locust Grove Variety Store. Hope to see you all next year!

Results of the 13th Annual Children's Fishing Tournament 5/30/2009

The front entrance pond was the site for the 13th Annual Children’s Fishing Tournament held on Saturday, May 30th.  The Lake Youth Foundation would like to thank all of the participants at this event.  We had 123 children participate and 400 people in attendance.  Each child was treated to two hours of fishing, a free lunch prepared by Clearwater Grill, a rod and reel, participation trophy, and a bag filled with coupons, fishing supplies and educational pamphlets.   Trophy winners in each age group are as follows:

Ages 5 – 6                                                                       Ages 7 – 8
Longest Fish - Bethany Blake                                        Longest Fish - Ryan Stephens
Heaviest Fish - Ben Letarneur                                      Heaviest Fish - Cody Karns
Most Fish - Chris Stanton                                              Most Fish - Genevieve Blake

Ages 9, 10, 11                                                               Ages 12, 13, 14
Longest Fish - Taylor Strain                                         Longest Fish - Jessica McQuaid
Heaviest Fish - Kyle Kerlikowske                                 Heaviest Fish - Josh Nowacki
Most Fish - Preya Agam                                                Most Fish - Mallory Davis

The Lake Youth Foundation would especially like to thank LOWA and Clearwater Grill for donating and preparing the food and to all of our wonderful VOLUNTEERS who made this event possible.

LYF Sponsors People’s Choice Award 5/30/2009

The Lake Youth Foundation donated $100 for the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Battle of the Bands. On Saturday, May 30, a crowd of over 300 transformed the Lake of the Woods Community Center into a venue for one of the best local rock shows in the area – The Battle of the Bands! Eight incredible bands competed, putting on the best show yet. Their talent was even more impressive given that all the performers were under 21 (The youngest was 11). The only thing that could have made the show better was the return of two-time BoB winners and local favorite Dilemma Uncovered, and they were there! Big thanks to Chris, Ben and Dominic for wrapping up the night with a great set. All of the bands were very talented – talented enough to keep a full crowd excited to the very end! But, the votes were tallied, the judges gave their scores, and hundreds of fans voted for the People’s Choice. We would like to extend hearty congratulations to our winners, the competition was intense:

Judges’ Choice
1st place: Caught in the Quiet, 2nd place: Numb Incision, 3rd place: Bullet to Black

Lake Youth Foundation’s People’s Choice: Numb Incision

We owe a big debt of thanks to our judges: Jordan Medas, (songwriter and bassist), Ritchie Amaruso (local musician and member of the Soul Retrievers) and Stephen Amaruso, a young, local musician who came to our rescue and stood in as the third judge. Due to the overwhelming interest in local music, illustrated by the fantastic support of BoB, the webpage for the event will continue to be maintained. Go to http://www.myspace.com/lowbattleofthebands for up-to-date information about the bands and the sponsors of local music. Battle of the Bands continues to grow each year, and this year we even attracted the attention of an area music newspaper, Rock the Burg. Check out a review at here .

The Youth Activities Committee would like to thank the bands:

  • 5th Degree Burn
  • Bullet to Black
  • The Strawmen
  • Looking for Groupies
  • Prime Divine
  • Caught In the Quiet
  • Numb Incision

We’d also like to thank Diane and Terry Hileman, Marylou McFarland, and Marion Pronk of Lake Youth Foundation for their oversight of the voting process and tallying. Hank Lewis, also a member of LYF, made sure everyone had a good time as the head of security, backed up by Terri Karfgin and Joel Zelinsky. Thanks to Pierce Crowell for providing an exciting “rock and roll” light show. Bob McFarland and Mary Kramer, assisted by Rachel Schneider, kept the backstage running and in order. Concessions were covered by Donna, Amanda, and Alexa Eclipse with Tracy Harrington (Thanks for introducing Taco in a Bag to LOW!) Thanks as well to new teen center attendant Kathy for her support. Thank you to Melanie Parmelee, Lisa Nash and Dick Martin for filming and editing the show. And, a huge thanks to Sylvia Zelinsky and Karen O’Donnell for guiding the event from inception to completion. We would especially like to thank our sponsors. Tony Scott provided superior sound for the show. The Lake of the Woods Players, Lake Youth Foundation and PDQ printing continue to support the event year after year. Thanks to Chris Salamone of Salamone Recording for providing the first-place prize of six hours studio time, second year running. And most especially, we’d like to thank Dave Goodrich of BQE Records: emcee, young musician’s mentor, local singer/songwriter and the man who makes this event possible from beginning to end. See you next year!

LYF Hosts Scholarship Banquet 5/17/2009

A reception hosted by the Lake Youth Foundation was held on Sunday, May 17th to honor six outstanding Orange County High School seniors. The LOW Lioness Club partnered with LYF this year and awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Wangui Gichane. The Lake Youth Foundation awarded five scholarships totaling $3,000. The recipients of the scholarships, were Daniel Allen (Germanna Community College), Joshua Moon (Virginia Commonwealth University), Christina Harvey (Pfeiffer University), Antonia Tribble (Virginia Commonwealth University), Kate Searcy (James Madison University) and Wangui Gichane (Virginia Tech).

Outgoing LYF President Honored 5/17/2009

At our scholarship brunch held on May 17th at the LOW Clubhouse, the Lake Youth Foundation presented an engraved travel alarm clock to Diane Hileman, outgoing president. She is a founding member of the Lake Youth Foundation and has served as president for the past three years. In addition, she has served as chairman of the Cardboard Boat Regatta since this great event began. Diane will continue to chair the Regatta, which will be held at Sailboat Beach on July 25. Incoming officers are Connie Buttimer, president; Hank Lewis, vice president; Terry Hileman, treasurer and Lee Crowell, secretary. Please contact Connie at 972-0083 if you would like to volunteer to help with our events and programs or to just get on our email list, which will alert you about activities and opportunities for Lake of the Woods youth.