We were amazed to discover how many Gulf Coast kids never get the opportunity to experience the excitement of catching a fish. It was this realization that inspired us to establish Shaggy’s Kids Foundation. Since its inception in 2009, Shaggy’s Kids has hosted several events that have introduced deserving boys and girls to the sport of fish.
The foundation has since evolved to incorporate a broader mission – to help children understand and appreciate the vital role our marine life plays in the Gulf Coast environment. In the last two years, we’ve donated the funds needed to send 75 Boys & Girls Club members to summer camp at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, MS.
And in the spirit of educating our Gulf Coast kids, Shaggy’s awesome chefs have visited area high schools and Boys & Girls Clubs, giving cooking lessons to culinary students.
Shaggy’s Kids has most recently provided scholarship money to send a deserving young Gulfport resident to the 2013 program at Cafe Climb, a 7-month program that trains at-risk youth to enter the culinary field.
Shaggy’s Kids Foundation has also provided us with a vechicle for helping out those in need during the holiday season and year round. In addition to sponsoring a food drive for Thanksgiving, and collecting toys and other gifts to be donated at Christmas time, the foundation sponsored a program that provided Christmas trees (complete with decorations and lights) for families that didn’t have the means to decorate their homes for Christmas.