LAKESIDE — The ninth annual Troy Gillespie Fishing Jamboree was held last Friday at Lazy Oaks Resort in Lakeside. Despite the cold weather anglers were not deterred, enjoying a carefree morning fishing on the banks of Rainbow Lake.

Hosted by the White Mountains Autism Foundation, the fishing event is designed specifically for special-needs individuals, their caregivers and their families. It is also offered at no cost to developmentally disabled individuals, their caregivers, friends and families.

Approximately 40 people attended, including individuals from Meadows Catalina LLC and Aires LLC who provide residential living, vocational training, day programs and/or in-home care. Also in attendance were some special-needs children and adults who live at home with their families.

After a couple of hours of fishing, the anglers decided to rest their reels and rods during a much needed lunch break.

Everyone headed over to The House Restaurant in Show Low for free lunch and ice cream to celebrate the fishing winners and to celebrate recent birthdays.

For more information about the White Mountains Autism Foundation and upcoming events, visit

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Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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