The wild has made its way into the statehouse.
Governor Mike DeWine welcomed the people of True Lure Inc. into his home Thursday. The ceremonious affair saw people from many walks of life converge for the good of the community.
Todd Dunn, throughout the last few years, has been organizing wildlife events for individuals with disabilities with True Lure. Thanks to his allies, and the governor, the organization gathered to give a gift to one special hunter.
With the aid of Ohio military and veteran liaison Tammy Puff, Dunn was able to let DeWine know of these great men and women.
In the governor’s house, Justin Hatton found himself surrounded by people who love him. For the first time in the statehouse, a trophy unlike any other was given to Hatton, a deer head, ready to display.
Hatton, a unique individual who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, has spent time with Dunn before.
The young man, who has just recently celebrated his 23rd birthday, has hunted in the True Lure No Kill Deer Hunt previously. This is one of the wildlife excursions Dunn has set up to give back to veterans that gave so much and any individuals with a disability.
An initiative that DeWine was impressed by, enough to host more than 40 people in his home to celebrate. The governor also did his part to aid Dunn in his mission to give back to the people.
DeWine made sure to shake each and every person’s hand. The Duckworth True Lure Trout Derby is being held in April. DeWine has seen to it that no matter where you reside, those handicap individuals that attend the event, need not worry about a fishing license. Ohio resident or not, it is not a factor.
The Derby being held at Roosevelt Lake in West Portsmouth was named after Claude Duckworth. A veteran of the Navy, Army, and National Guard and Mason, his 43 years of service as Dunn states, “deserves some recognition.”
Dunn was happy to honor someone like Duckworth in this way, that’s one of the reasons these events exist. To honor veterans and give back to those that gave more.
“With these programs, handicapped individuals can get out and experience the wild world we live in,” Dunn said
The Trout Derby will see people from all over come out in late April. Dunn encourages family and friends or even just someone you know to bring out any persons with a disability to the event.
“Just buy a pole and come on out,” Dunn said.
No matter the disability, Dunn said they’ll make it work.
Three days of fishing will ensue, with a hog roast and real-life tank, as well as an appearance from Terry Johnson.
Half Pint, a 1/2 scale model of an actual armored vehicle will be there to liven the spirits of kids and adults alike. The tank built by the Lima tank factory will be there for all three days.
The Duckworth True Lure Trout Derby will run from April 24 to the 26th. The event will be held at Roosevelt Lake in West Portsmouth, beginning in the mornings. Individuals with disabilities of all ages can fish without a license, thanks to DeWine.
Dunn shared if people want to get involved, but they don’t personally know anyone, there are ways to help.
The events take time and money, and there are other projects going on behind the scenes. Donations are accepted by Dunn and so is one’s skills. Dunn said they would be happy to have volunteers; there are plenty of ways to give back that isn’t directly monetary.
Those that are interested in getting involved can contact Dunn at (740) 727-4209.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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