Large attendance at Pheasants Forever
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Despite the heavy snowfall the Imperial City Gym was packed Saturday night for the annual Southwest Nebraska Pheasants Forever banquet.
Chairman Joe Weiss estimated that 180 people attended, raising money for the chapter’s youth mentor hunt and for habitat.
Special this year were donations for a new building to house the youth mentor hunt, the chapter’s grass drill and much more.
Dan, Jan and Shona Heim have given a 20-year lease on one acre of land they own west of Champion for the building. In addition, Scott and Linda Clements and Andy and Carla Bauman have donated money towards the project.
Saturday night many of those attending also pledged money toward the project.
The metal building will be available to multiple organizations, Weiss said, and will be in memory of Tyler Heim, Logan Bauman and Kenley Cotant, sons and son-in-law of the donors.
In addition, there will be a nature trail, tree and shrub plantings and a renovated well, Weiss said.
Construction on the project will begin “as soon as the weather turns nice,” Weiss stated. The cost of the project isn’t settled yet.
During the evening, a number of raffle items were won, including a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Lifetime Hunting Permit by Lucy Spady, a dinner gun by Ed Cupp, a Mad Hatter gun by Terry Bilka, a youth mentor shotgun by Cole Wiest and a Plinko game gun by Ryan Bernhardt.
Sixteen youth received BB guns in memory of Jerry Cox, a longtime Pheasants Forever supporter.