BIRMINGHAM (May 29, 2019) – On River Time is a Birmingham based nonprofit that provides abused and neglected children with mentoring and relationship building experiences through the sport of fly fishing. On River Time is pleased to announce Birmingham television veteran Wendy Garner will serve as its new Executive Director. Garner will start the role just in time for the organization’s annual fly fishing camps on the Snake River in Idaho. Twenty-seven children who have suffered abuse and neglect will experience the trip of a lifetime over two camps, May 28-June 2 and June 7-June 12 in Irwin, Idaho.
The mission of On River Time is to take children between the ages of 12 and 17, who have experienced the worst circumstances and provide them an unforgettable experience far away from everything they know—a chance for a dramatic pivot, as they are mentored and build new positive memories to carry with them the rest of their lives. On River Time serves youth from Big Oak Ranch in Alabama as well as Palmer Home and Homes of Hope for Children in Mississippi, and Still Creek Ranch in Texas.
Garner is an award winning television veteran who worked as a news anchor, reporter, and show host for WVTM in Birmingham as well as other stations. For the past several years, she has managed her own public relations and marketing firm, Wendy Garner Media & Marketing. Garner has been involved in many nonprofits over the years, serving on advisory boards and as the emcee for major fundraisers. She will bring her years of experience and heart for service to advance the mission of On River Time. Founder Steve Davis says, “We are excited to have Wendy join the On River Time family. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and ideas. I look forward to working with her and elevating our mission for kids who have suffered abuse and neglect.”
On River Time was started in 2012 by Davis. As an adult who suffered abuse as a child, he found healing while fly fishing on the waters of the Snake River. This year, the organization will have impacted the lives of more than 100 kids with an all-expense paid trip to a fly fishing camp. Garner says, “The direction of our lives is often made up of moments. On River Time ministers to the hearts and souls of these amazing kids by providing them with an unforgettable ‘moment’ where they are reminded that they have worth and value. I’m thrilled to be able to come alongside and help share the story of this incredible organization and make more of these life changing moments possible.” For more information visit OnRiverTime.org.
On River Time exists to change the lives of children who have survived abuse and neglect. A registered 501 (C)(3) organization, it uses fly fishing and mentorship to provide middle and high school aged children with hope and the inspiration to dream big. While the program is grounded in an unforgettable fly fishing trip, On River Time’s mentor network supports participants throughout the year in a way that cultivates their ability to trust and instills a heightened sense of value.