Money raised by Pheasants Forever stays in this area
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The annual Southwestern Nebraska Pheasants Forever banquet this Saturday will raise money for youth mentor hunt and habitat programs.
The banquet doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at the Wauneta Legion Hall, giving people plenty of time to play games and indulge in raffles before the 7 p.m. pork chop dinner.
Banquet Chairman Joe Weiss said that a 12-gauge shotgun, a rifle and a lifetime hunting permit will be given away during the games.
In addition, a James Meger print, one of only 100 and the last one he painted, will be auctioned. The print will be able to be personalized by the winner.
There are also a kids’ raffle table, a ladies’ raffle table and a general raffle table with between 200-300 items to be won.
At the same time, a silent auction of 10-15 different items such as sculptures and prints will be going on.
Following the dinner, a live auction will be held, with 30 items such as prints, a rifle, a pistol, pheasant art, children’s items and a lady’s package involved. “There’s a price range for everyone,” Weiss said.
He noted that the chapter has raised $333,000 over the years. A total of 180 youths have attended the youth mentoring hunt at a cost of $20,000, not including donated help.
“Our money stays here,” Weiss observed.
“We’re looking to have a pretty good turnout,” he said of Saturday night’s banquet.
It costs $35 for a membership for the whole family or an individual to attend the banquet. Dinner tickets are $11 per person.
Tickets and memberships may be purchased at the door or by calling Weiss at (308) 883-3265 or Heather Francis at (308) 520-0139.