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Clark Jeary Resident Catches the "Big One," Earns Master Angler Award

Dolores Knispel, resident at Immanuel’s Clark Jeary retirement community in Lincoln, Neb., caught the “big one” on a recent resident trip and was honored with Nebraska Game and Parks’ coveted master angler award. The award was presented for an over 11-inch bluegill she caught on Lake Wanahoo in Wahoo while participating with Live Well. Go Fish., an organization that provides seniors with unforgettable fishing cruises. 

“We’re so proud of Dolores,” said Melissa Ryan, interim executive director at Clark Jeary. “Providing residents with these opportunities has been a renewed focus at Clark Jeary. Our life enrichment team finds organizations like Live Well. Go Fish. to encourage residents to live their best life. Because retirement should be about creating extraordinary experiences.” 

Knispel was honored in a celebration attended by fellow residents, family, friends, Larry Pape, fishing instruction manager for Nebraska Game and Parks and David Ruder, chief development officer for Live Well. Go Fish. 

“We award less than 200 master angler awards each year,” said Pape. “It’s an honor to present one to Dolores and bring awareness to fishing opportunities through Nebraska Game and Parks.” 

Master angler awards are presented to fishermen and women whose catches meet length and size requirements. The 11-inch bluegill caught by Knispel was the biggest ever caught in the Live Well. Go Fish. program. This year, seven master angler awards were presented to the organization’s participants, four of which were residents of an Immanuel community. 

“This is why we do what we do,” said David Ruder, chief development officer of Live Well. Go Fish. “Our team of staff and volunteers work to provide experiences for seniors in specially equipped and wheelchair accessible pontoon boats. We’re thrilled to partner with Immanuel residents to help them have unforgettable experiences.” 

Live Well. Go Fish. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving seniors, youth, veterans and people with disabilities with unforgettable fishing cruises featuring a specially equipped, wheelchair accessible pontoon boat. In 2018, they served more than 1,400 participants and more than 48 senior living organizations. Learn more at livewellgofish.org

Since 1887 Immanuel has been providing Christ-Centered Service to Seniors, Each Other and the Community. As a not-for-profit, serving arm of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Immanuel’s house of brands includes: Immanuel Communities, Immanuel Pathways, Immanuel Community Foundation and The Immanuel Vision Foundation. More about Immanuel’s brands: Immanuel Communities owns and operates 14 independent living, assisted living and long-term care retirement communities on eight campuses; Immanuel Pathways operates three PACE® Centers in Iowa and Neb.; the Immanuel Community Foundation, a Resident Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to independent living residents; and the Immanuel Vision Foundation extends financial support to non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organizations that share purposes in alignment with Immanuel’s service centered mission.