Our Story

Catching Dreams Charters, Inc. a 501c3 not for profit, provides fishing adventures for children and young adults battling cancer! We create meaningful moments and memories on the waters of Western New York by “turning wishing into fishing”!

Free fishing charters are provided to patients and families. Our “Dream Team” of certified Coast Guard Captains and guides offer the highest level of professionalism, safety, and ability. These special opportunities allow kids who are battling cancer to regain a sense of normalcy in their lives, find respite from the challenges of cancer treatment and spend time learning and enjoying a new activity.

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Catching Dreams

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Help Make An IMPACT

We couldn't have made so many dreams come true without you.

Our goal is to provide as many charters as possible, and we want to express our sincerest thanks to our corporate and individual sponsors and partners who work behind the scenes to make these trips possible.

Catching Dreams Charters  is fully insured, and we work for free! Our goal is “turning wishing into fishing” for kids! Take a few minutes to look through our website and see the great results since 2015.

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Catching Dreams Testimonials

See what some of our guests have had to say about us!

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Board of Directors

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Ned Librock

Founder

Ned Librock is the President and Founder of Catching Dreams Charters, Inc.

Ned is a United States Coast Guard licensed charter boat Captain and a licensed New York State fishing guide. He is a retired Western New York business executive with careers as President of Dynabrade, Inc. in Clarence, New York, the leading manufacturer of abrasive power tools, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Columbus McKinnon, a publicly traded global manufacturer of lifting equipment headquartered in Amherst, New York.

Ned received his bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State and his master’s degree from University at Buffalo. He is a trained Cultural Anthropologist with a specialty in economic anthropology.

Ned currently serves on two boards within the Industrial community and has extensive experience serving on not-for-profit boards with various community and industry associations.

Ned lives in Pendleton, New York and is married to Sharon and has two children and five grandkids.

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Chris Brown

Secretary

Chris is a founding partner of Roach, Lennon & Brown, PLLC, a full-service business, commercial, and estates/trust law firm located in Buffalo, New York. His practice primarily focuses on business/corporate law, serving both individuals and businesses throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Chris serves on the Board, and acts as legal counsel, for Fantastic Friends of Western New York, Inc., a not-for-profit that provides recreational and social programming and activities for children and adults with special needs. Chris also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce.

He is the 2014 recipient of the Bunkers in Baghdad President’s Award for Outstanding Service and was nominated as a 2017 Legal Elite: Rising Star, recognized by the Buffalo Law Journal. Chris is a cum laude graduate of University at Buffalo School of Law, and a summa cum laude graduate of SUNY Geneseo.

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Robin Nusbaum

Board Member

Robin Nusbaum joins the Catching Dreams Charters Board of Directors with over twelve years fundraising experience as the former Courage of Carly Fund Program and Events Manager at Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.  During her tenure, she worked closely with Ned to launch the partnership between Catching Dreams Charters and the Courage of Carly Fund, recruiting and coordinating pediatric oncology patients at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for fishing charters.  Impressed with the Catching Dreams Charters program and the positive feedback she garnered from the pediatric patients post-charter, she was thrilled to be a part of the burgeoning program and excited to grow participation from Courage of Carly members.  She brings the Catching Dreams Charters Board of Directors over a decade of experience in coordinating and managing events, marketing, sponsorship cultivation and retention, and social media expertise.  Now, as a new mother, she has a fresh and profound perspective on what experiences like Catching Dreams Charters can mean for a child and family.

She is an honoree of the Business First 30 Under Thirty award (2013).   Robin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond with a degree in Leadership Studies from the Jepson School of Leadership. A Buffalo native, she is committed to her community and welcomes the opportunity to further advance the Catching Dreams Charters mission. She lives in Clarence with her husband, Ryan, and son, Wesley.

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Roy Larson

Board Member

Roy Larson taught Social Studies in the Williamsville School District for 32 years, working at Heim Middle School for 14 and Williamsville South HS for 18.  He Received a BA in History and Political Science from Wittenberg University and an MS in Secondary Social Studies Education from Buffalo State College.

An avid fisherman from age 5, Roy began charter fishing on Lake Ontario in 1984 and later on Lake Erie.  He also worked as a guide for 7 summers at a salmon lodge in southwest Alaska.  For the past three years, he has assisted his good friend Ned Librock in the “Catching Dreams” fishing program.

Roy lives in Wheatfield, NY with his wife Linda.