Letter of thanks: Casting a wide arc of thank yous

The Kingman Elk's annual Fishing for Smiles (FFS) free kids fishing day held June 7 at Dunton Fort Rock was again a huge success thanks to the generosity of this community.

Not to be confused or associated with any other fishing event, Fishing for Smiles is completely free to participants ages 5-15 and their families. Sponsored entirely by the Kingman Elks Lodge and a grant from the Arizona Game & Fish through the Mohave Sportsman Club, FFS asks for nothing from the families who participate, only that they come out and enjoy a fun day of fishing.

The Elks Lodge and Mohave Sportsman Club want to sincerely thank these generous contributors who make FFS so successful:

The Dunton Family, for hosting this event, your generosity and hospitality are truly a gift. To the Elks BBQ crew who serve up a fantastic lunch, the scores of local volunteers who work hard planning this event, gathering equipment, materials and supplies, delivering it all to the lake, then setting up and preparing for the kids to arrive, you all are invaluable to our success. We also appreciate KRMC for hosting their annual Kids Day where we sign up and register our participants.

To the Arizona Game and Fish, thanks to your department and officers who happily supplied rods and reels to our kids and kept bait on their hooks.

We also appreciate Rebecca Peck and the Kingman office of the Bureau of Land Management for bringing and displaying their collection of reptiles, the kids love it.Thanks to the MCSO for providing much needed shade and pre-event preparation of the shoreline and event area, and to Kingman Academy of Learning for the table and chairs.Special recognition to Supervisor Gary Watson for his support and sponsorship of our June 10 free fishing day for special needs residents.

Thank you; McKee foods, Sysco foods, Walgreens on Andy Devine, Walmart, Kingman Portable Toilets, Mather Brothers Ice, Eastside Shell and Bob Kay State Farm.

Kingman Elks Lodge #468 FFS Committee

Jerry Grimes, Bob Kay, Bill Shilling