Sierra Pacific donates to Little Lakes Memories for hunts
BY TINA L. SCOTT
The SPI Foundation of Sierra Pacific Windows recently made a $5,000 donation to Little Lakes Memories for the specific purpose of providing hunting opportunities for disabled individuals.
Little Lakes Memories, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing lodging, recreation, and hunting and fishing opportunities for physically challenged individuals. The organization was founded in 2013 by Dick Busha, current President of the organization. Little Lakes Memories also provides similar opportunities for veterans and children. And families are welcomed to be a part of the experience.
Stanley Nowak held a banquet back in 2011 to raise money for a friend’s son who had a disability and, as a result, never had the opportunity to hunt and get a buck “because he wasn’t able to go out in the woods like we could,” Nowak said. “He had a difficult time walking.”
After successfully making a hunt for his friend’s son possible, Nowak was hooked. The next year he decided to try to do something similar for a veteran.
In 2013, he met up with Busha and learned about the Little Lakes Memories organization he was creating to do something very similar, and that’s when he decided to join with Busha in his efforts.
Today Nowak is the Vice President of Little Lakes Memories, Inc. and Busha is the President.
“It it so rewarding to see the smile on their faces and the joy it gives them,” Nowak said of seeing the reactions of the disabled individuals, veterans, and children who get to experience what Little Lakes Memories can provide. “And with Little Lakes Memories, they get to stay in the lodge, too, and 10-12 family members can be there for the weekend to experience the hunt with them,” he said. “Two levels are wheelchair accessible.”
Nowak said he and Little Lakes Memories are deeply appreciative of the donation from Sierra Pacific that will be used to provide more hunts. “It was a very generous donation; they are good people,” he said.