On Saturday, March 13, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, Operation Orphans, Inc. will celebrate 50 years of serving less fortunate youth at Camp Gene Ashby. Since 1960, over 17,000 boys and girls from Texas child-care facilities and foster homes have participated in the "Take a Child Hunting" program. The success of the program is due largely to the many caring individuals who have assisted throughout the years.
Many Mason county residents have served as directors (past and present), hosted children on their property, served as hunting guides, prepared sack lunches and breakfast, built and maintained the facilities, donated supplies and clothing, offered financial gifts, etc. The directors of Operation Orphans, Inc. wish to invite everyone to come celebrate and reminisce on the joys of realizing and continuing a dream together.
Perhaps your family helped plan the beginnings of Camp Gene Ashby and Operation Orphans, Inc. Maybe you volunteered to make lunches or breakfast. Perhaps you have hosted groups on your property. Maybe you know nothing about us and wish to learn more. Whatever the case, please come and enjoy the celebration.
Guest speakers will include directors both past and present who will share their stories of how Camp Gene Ashby and Operation Orphans, Inc. has touched their lives. Two speakers once participated as children in the "Take a Child Hunting" program and now serve as directors themselves.
Those attending will be able to tour the facilities and enjoy refreshments.
Camp Gene Ashby is located approximately 9 miles south of Mason on Hwy. 87. Look for the signs and turn left on Lower Willow Creek Road. Travel one half mile to Camp Gene Ashby.