Mid-Atlantic Program


The Mid-Atlantic Program of Casting for Recovery serves the women of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  

For more information, contact:

Mid-Atlantic Program Coordinator:
Polly Kalich
(703) 772-3513

Retreat Calendar

2014 Virginia Retreat
May 16-18, 2014 - Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA, apply by 3/29/2014

2014 Maryland Retreat
Sept. 19-21, 2014: Shepherd's Spring, Sharpsburg, MD, apply by 7/11/14


See a sample retreat schedule



5th Annual 2Fly4Hope Fishing Challenge
& Alumni Reunion

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rose River Farm - Syria, Virginia

The Mid-Atlantic Program of Casting for Recovery is hosting the 5th Annual 2Fly4Hope Fishing Challenge and Alumni Reunion.   Join us for a day of spiritied competition as 24 anglers take to the Rose River in order to garner coveted prizes and win bragging rights. Also on tap for the day, a reunion of past participants from retreats throughout the year from both Maryland and Virginia.

In addition to the competition itself, will be fly tying and casting instructions, silent auction, BBQ and music.  Former  retreat participants will be spending the day rekindling relationships and brushing up on their skills on the ponds of Rose River Farm.

For the day's schedule, BBQ registration and Sponsorship information visit:  2Fly4Hope Fishing Challenge



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Six Star Catering and Six Star Events


Bob, Sally and Amy Gartner


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General event information, sponsorship, auction item or in-kind donations:  Mollie Simpkins

Fishing information:  Kiki Galvin

Alumni Reunion:  Teresa Rodriguez

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Virginia Retreat - Sevenoaks Retreat Center

On May 25-27, 2013, thirteen breast cancer survivors from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware journeyed to the Sevenoaks Retreat Center in Madison, Virginia where they were warmly greeted by the Casting for Recovery Mid-Atlantic Chapter staff led by Carolyn Harvey. The annual Virginia retreat, held during Memorial Day weekend this year, began with the staff outfitting the ladies in their fly fishing gear. The fun continued with introductory ice breakers, thought-provoking discussions about living with breast cancer, fly casting demonstrations and practice, introductory entomology and fly tying.   Information on local and national organizations that support new anglers through educational events and fishing excursions was also distributed.  The ladies also enjoyed free time walking and reflecting on their experiences with fellow survivors and staff on the serene grounds nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Special free time activities included photographing the wildflowers and cicadas, hiking to the Rapidan River and a special bonfire under the full moon on Saturday night.

Sunday’s culminating activity was fly fishing on the ponds at the Rose River Farm in Syria, Virginia. Each angler was paired with an experienced River Helper to learn the thrill of casting, setting the hook, and catching and releasing their first fish.  Cheers erupted continuously throughout the day as the ladies reeled in bass and bluegill. As the ladies bid farewell to their new friends and mentors, they headed home with new knowledge and skills to begin fly fishing in new waters.  Equally important, they also left renewed in spirit, each ready to continue their individual breast cancer journeys with support and confidence.







If you are not on Facebook or do not 'Like' or page on Facebook, you can still see the photos by clicking on this link:  2Fly4Hope Photos
We would be remiss if we did not thank the volunteers that gave up their Sunday to join us at the event. To the men and women who acted as stream monitors, taught the alumni at the ponds, help set up and tear down, serve food, go on an ice run..and it goes on and on; without you selflessness, we could not put on a successful event, and that it was.
To the individuals and companies to participated as sponsors, those that gave generously of their products, services, or both to include in the angler bags or for the silent auction and raffle, those who simply came to enjoy a day at a beautiful farm and enjoy great food and friends, those who gave of their time to volunteer, to those lucky folks who got to spend a day on the river...to EVERYONE that was part of this fantastic days, a sincere and gratitude filled Thank You for your continued and stalwart support of the Casting for Recovery Mid-Atlantic Program.  Because of you we are able to continue to offer NO COST retreats to women who have or have had breast cancer.   
We wish for you a blessed and Happy 2013!
Mollie, Kiki, and the All Volunteer Mid-Atlantic Casting for Recovery Program  Team

We are BIG believers in supporting those who support us, so please click on the logos to learn more about our sponsors and donors!  

Special thanks to Douglas Dear and Rose River Farm for allowing us the use of this spectacular venue for this event. Do yourself a favor and reserve a rod and a cabin!




The 2012 Maryland Retreat was once again held at the Loyola Retreat Center in Flintstone, Maryland, Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14. Mary and Luigi Perini, owners of Doubs Mill in Hagerstown, generously opened their private waters for the participants to enjoy a day on the water.





Thanks to CFR Mid-Atlantic's Teresa Rodriguez for getting this article placed in the Old Town Crier. Thanks to the writer, Stephen Peter Chaconas for doing a great job on spreading the good CFR Word! 


  • *NEW*  Outdoor writer and blogger, Bruce Ingram, spent Fishing Day with the participants of a Virginia retreat. He captures the spirit perfectly..and there is a fun reunion!  Virginia Wildlife Magazine - Casting for Recovery  
  • Journalist Susan M. Ayers spotlighted CFR in her blog which is featured in Valley Business FRONT and on the Virginia Press Women's website.   Susan M. Ayers Blog
  • Virginia Retreat Coordinator Carolyn Harvey talks to the News Virginian
  • See us in the New York Times!  Casting for Recovery was featured in the special "Giving Section" November 2010
  • Representatives of CFR Mid-Atlantic travelled to Norfolk, Virginia, to appear on "The Hampton Roads Show." Click here to watch the segment.
  • Maryland Retreat Coordinator Meg Konkel appears on Virginia Public Television's Virginia Currents
  • Curtis Fleming featured Casting for Recovery's 2Fly 4Hope fundraiser on his show Fly Rod Chronicles

Find the Casting for Recovery Mid-Atlantic Chapter on Facebook


Casting for Recovery relies on the enthusiasm and support of its loyal volunteers to plan and staff our retreats, as well as conduct fund-raising events. Volunteering will enrich your life and the lives of others with new hope, new skills. Your generous donation will help us expand our capacity to meet the ever-growing demand for our services. Your contribution is tax-deductible.  DONATE NOW

If you wish to become involved with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Casting for Recovery or feature the program in a news story, please contact Mollie Simpkins