Don Renard Donates Trout

Don Renard Donates Trout

The Tradition Continues – 2,500 New Trout Added to the Lagoon

Don Renard, a successful local area businessman, has a personal and life-long relationship with the Wildlife Sanctuary. Don came from humble beginnings. One of his greatest joys was riding his bike to the Wildlife Sanctuary lagoons for an afternoon of fishing. It was what he could afford and loved. As he grew older, Don wanted all children to be able to have the same experience and memories. In the spring of each year, Don donates 2,500 trout to stock the lagoons at the Wildlife Sanctuary. They’re intended for children under the age of 15 and the disabled so they get the rush of joy “catchin’ a fish”.

We see Don watching some of these young anglers from his car in the parking lot or chatting with them about “How the fishing is goin’.” He gives them some tips on which lure to use or even gifts them a lure that could bring them some luck. It’s wonderful to see the sparkle in his eye as they cast. He gets it! He understands how it feels to linger “catchin’ fish” and his heart still surges when he sees a child pull the rod up with a fish on the end of the line!

Some things change. Don no longer rides his bike to the Sanctuary lagoons for an afternoon of fishing. Now it is more about the “givin’” than the “catchin’.”

Thank you, Don Renard. The Wildlife Sanctuary, the children and the handicapped of our community are grateful for your generosity.

Click Don’s Trout to see the lagoon being stocked with trout!

Don Renard with a Net Full of Trout

Don Renard with a Net Full of Trout

Don and Rick Renard with Silver Moon Springs Fish Hatchery

Don and Rick Renard with Silver Moon Springs Fish Hatchery