Large banquet crowd benefits Pheasants Forever
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
A crowd of about 220 celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Southwestern Nebraska Chapter of Pheasants Forever Saturday night in Imperial.
The amount raised from the banquet, silent auction and auction isn’t tallied up yet, according to Banquet Chairman Joe Weiss. All proceeds benefit local habitat and youth programs.
During a power point presentation to those attending, Weiss said the new park and building located on leased land west of Champion Lake was built for all types of youth activities.
The park was dedicated in memory of Logan Bauwman, Tyler Heim and Kenley Cotant, all whose lives were cut short at a young age.
“These are great kids we lost too early,” Weiss noted, “But through the generosity of their families we were able to create the property. We can’t say thanks enough to the three families, to you and to banquets like this.”
Weiss also noted that Pheasants Forever has helped 200 youth in the past 25 years with the Youth Mentor Hunt.
During the evening, many games were played while people also bid on silent auction items.
Taylor Jablonski of Imperial won the youth shotgun for being one of those youth who wore his or her orange Youth Mentor Hunt vest.
“We did really well with the auction and silent auction,” Weiss observed.