Date: Wednesday, February 01, 2012
PHEASANTS FOREVER BANQUET CHANGES TO THE SPRING IN 2012
Justn Beck 2011 youth gun winner Justin Beck was a winner of a youth shot gun at the 2011 Pheasants Forever Mentored Youth Hunt, shown here with Dick Bodenhorn. The 2 youth guns given away were made possible with proceeds from the PF banquet. Andres Torres was the other lucky youth gun winner.
Now and then you need to change things up. The Pheasants Forever annual banquet has been held in the fall since the beginning 12 years ago. However this is always just before hunting season and very close to the extremely successful PF Mentored Youth Hunt. Last year it was held just one week after the first Youth Outdoor Program.
"We have great volunteers but we were just asking too few people to do too much last fall. We don't want to burn them out when we have so many successful programs in the works," reports Chapter President Dick Bodenhorn. The decision was made to move the banquet to the spring in 2012.
Might as well make a few more changes to the banquet while we're at it. This year's banquet will be at Aiello's Cafe on North Board Street in Ridgway, PA. The date is set for May 12, 2012 and the doors will open at 5:30 PM.
Jeff Yeager did a great job on the banquet since the beginning but this year there is an entire committee on the project. They are already scouring for donations, artwork and prizes. Chris Yeager (814-594-2966) heads the effort along with Carla Wegemer, Tim Rowan, Dave Nesbitt (814-787-7710) and Jeff Yeager (814- 512-2559). "All the money raised at the banquet stays at the local chapter for use on projects like habitat and youth programs. All this money will be use in north central PA." states Chris. Local art, guns, and sporting equipment will be prizes in the raffles and drawings. Please mark the date of May 12, 2012 on your calendar!
Pheasant Forever is currently running a gun / cash / bird hunt raffle. The winner may select either an Escort over and under silver standard shot gun or $500 in cash or an amazing pheasant hunt. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Contact Chris to get your tickets at (814-594-2966). The drawing will be on March 25, 2012 at the Central PA Outdoor and Sports Show in Clearfield, PA.