Keizer man helps keep hope afloat for foster kids, families

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One of the 31 boats that took part in the second Oregon Wake the World event in July.

One of the 31 boats that took part in the second Oregon Wake the World event in July.

Of the Keizertimes

Vince Castronovo has a difficult time controlling his impulses when it comes to boating-related posts on Facebook.

“I’ve been a boating enthusiast since I was 14 and I’m on Facebook all the time. If there’s a post with a boat, I will click on it no questions asked,” Castronovo said.

He was in the midst of another clicking frenzy two years ago when he came across a video posted by an organization called Wake the World, an organization with affiliates in 17 states that provides a day of waterborne fun for youth in group homes and foster care.

The video showed kids playing games and getting their first opportunity to try wake boarding and Castronovo noticed that the video’s author was online.

“I messaged him asking how I might get involved and that led to a phone conversation,” Castronovo said.

When he got off the phone having made a commitment to organize the first event in Oregon, Castronovo wondered what he’d just gotten himself into.

“I’d worked with smaller events at my church, but I’d never really taken on one all by myself,” he said.

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