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Pheasants Forever Banquet This Saturday

By Staff | Mar 11, 2010

GEARING?UP?FOR?PF - Members of the organizing committee for the Palo Alto Pheasants Forever Banquet this Saturday are making their final prepartations. Displaying some of the treasures that will be available at the fundraising auction are, from left to right, Speed Bachman, Jordan Petersen, Tim Stowell, Todd Ditch, Darrin Adams, Aurora Peters, Paula Peters, Ashton Peters, Andrew Stolley, Steve Pitt, Dean VerMulm, Sam Henkelvig and Aaron Steffen. - Dan Voigt photo

For a quarter century, the Palo Alto County Pheasants Forever organization has worked hard to promote the preservation of wildlife, especially the ring-neck pheasant. This Saturday evening, March 13, the 25 th  Annual Palo Alto County Pheasants Forever fundraising banquet will once again be held to raise funds to support the ongoing mission of the organization. The annual event will begin promptly at 5 p.m., with the social hour. SanDan’s Catering will serve the self-serve banquet meal and the fund raising auction, under the call of Tom Eberle of Eberle Auction Company, will start at 8:00 p.m.

“The committee members are excited to host this year’s banquet once again,” stated Darrin Adams, event chairman. “The Emmetsburg Business Community and the West Bend Business Community have “KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK” this year with their generous sponsorships and donations.  The entire Palo Alto County area should be proud of their support for their Pheasants Forever Chapter.”

During the banquet there will be several raffles with numerous prizes.  Guns, guns, and more Guns will be available to lucky winners entering various raffles during the evening.  During the live auction, several featured items are sure to attract lots of bids, including hand-crafted items of furniture, including projects built by Jim Redding and Darrin Adams with M&T Woodworks adding a special “twist” to the Redding project.

The live auction will also feature the usual items of artworks and special commemorative pieces, according to Adams.  “We are proud to announce that we are offering the LAST AVAILABLE Larry Zach Pheasants Forever edition of his print Dream Bucks II – The Missing Trophy.  Anyone interested in artwork should not miss out on this last opportunity to own the limited framed print #64/105.”

Along with the special Larry Zach print, Adams noted that PF Committee members also dug into their print archives and found the 1988 National PF print of the year by Rosemary Mellette and the 1990 National PF print of the year by Phil Scholer. Both of these classic prints will be found on Saturday’s auction.

A silent auction will also be conducted during the evening, with a wide variety of items awaiting bidders.

“We are looking forward to a fantastic night where everyone goes home a winner – especially the Palo Alto County wildlife,” Adams said.

One of the ongoing goals of the annual Pheasants Forever banquet is to continue their fund raising efforts for a matching funds program. Through the matching funds program, the Palo Alto County organization hopes to continue its efforts in the development and growth of conservation buffer strip programs in the county. One example of the matching funds program through Pheasants forever was the acquisition of the “Hauschen Wildlife Area”, five miles west of Emmetsburg. The area includes 150 acres of prairie cover and wetland restoration, and the outlook for future hunting on the tract is excellent.

Tickets are limited and selling fast.  There is no guarantee tickets will be available at the door.  Persons wanting tickets are urged to contact committee members immediately: Darrin Adams, Sam Henkelvig, Art Hampe, Todd Ditch, Steve Pitt, Paula Peters, Speed Bachman, Dean VerMulm, Tim Stowell, or Shannon Iverson.