STATE -- A summer fund-raising event netted $120,000 to help
grant outdoor wishes to young people facing life-threatening illnesses.
The Catch-A-Dream Foundation gives children 18 years old and younger a
unique opportunity to distract their minds from the many physical
pressures they face as they battle difficult medical circumstances.
The recent Catch the Vision fundraising event held in West Point was
made possible through the support of Mississippi State University, Mossy
Oak, Old Waverly Golf Club, Starkville Gun Club, Flagler Productions,
Shell Oil and others. Nationally known country music artist Tracy Byrd
hosted the event and was joined by fellow artists Blake Shelton and Andy
“Catch-A-Dream is a movement involving not only the outdoor industry,
but also many supporters who realize the therapeutic value of time spent
outdoors as well as the importance of proactively defending our hunting
and fishing heritage,” said Marty Brunson, Extension professor at MSU.
“This is an embraceable program because it allows outdoors-minded people
the opportunity to use their abilities and passions to make a
significant difference in the lives and families of young people who
desperately need encouragement,” Brunson said.
Catch the Vision event activities included a golf tournament, shotgun
competition, live and silent auctions, and a music festival.
“We couldn't be more pleased with this year's Catch the Vision event,”
said Toxey Haas, founder and CEO of Mossy Oak. “We've been involved in
this event from the start five years ago, and every year, we are amazed
at the support it receives not only in the outdoor industry, but across
various industries and individuals. Catch-A-Dream is truly deserving of
this support, and we're blessed to be able to do just that.”
Catch-A-Dream has touched more than 70 families from 40 states. The
foundation is housed at MSU and administered through the MSU Extension
Service. For more information on the foundation or how to participate,
go online to http://www.catchadream.org.