November 4, 2010

Pheasants Forever to Host Banquet

Upland game bird hunting season opened in Missouri on November 1st. Members of the NEMO Chapter of Pheasants Forever are hoping to see plenty of hunter orange on Saturday night for the group's annual fundraiser banquet set for November 6th at the Memphis VFW.

But organizers point out that you don't have to be a hunter to enjoy the evening of good food and entertainment that kicks off with the doors opening at 5:00 p.m.

The early start allows guests to get a sneak peak at the wide variety of artwork, home decorations, hunting supplies and of course the guns, that will be auctioned off or given away as part of the fundraiser that promotes PF's efforts in Scotland County.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with a home cooked meal featuring pork loin, turkey and all of the trimmings. The auction will follow the meal, with guests having the opportunity to bid on a number of pieces of framed artwork, PF memorabilia and much more.

Winning bidders will have an opportunity to be a part of the "Bump the Bid" raffle. The winning bidder will have an option of bumping that bid by another $20. Doing so earns them one chance in a raffle for a Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle, which is only open to winning bidders that chose to participate.

That's just one of several fun games of chance to be played throughout the evening.

New to this year's banquet is the game called Snake Eyes. Participants will attempt to roll a pair of ones on a set of dice. Anyone that rolls "snake eyes" will win their choice of a Stoeger Condor 20 gauge shotgun, a camouflage recliner donated by Gerth & Baskett Furniture or a package of gift certificates from Mayberry Farms.

Back by popular demand are the "you kill, you grill" game, pick of the auction raffle as well as the Mad Hatter and Mad Candle auctions.

The first game is a raffle for a prize package that will include a barbecue grill as well as a meat bundle.

The "Mad" games allow auction bidders to vie for 12 different hats, each containing a number. One of those lucky numbers will be drawn to win a Mossberg Silver Reserve shotgun that comes with both the 12 gauge and 20 gauge barrels.

The Mad Candle auction is a similar premise, but just for the ladies. Each candle is numbered. Those numbers will be randomly drawn for the order in which they will be redeemed at the prize table for the winner's choice of one of the prizes.

There is plenty of opportunities for the kids as well. Six separate guns will be given away to youth members. Every year the club gives away two shotguns, one each to the highest scoring youth on the spring and fall hunter safety courses. The Tom Coffrin Memorial will give away a youth gun as well as one being sponsored by Holton Tire Repair. Two air rifles will also be given away to youth attendees.

The PF Chapter will old a knife raffle for its scholarship fund. Participants will be asked to purchase a $20 knife, which will include a raffle ticket for a Terry Redlin print, that will be drawn amongst the scholarship supporters.

Youth memberships in the Ringneck chapter, which comes with a magazine subscription, are just $15.

Adult memberships are $35 and also include a monthly subscription to the PF magazine. The meal cost will be $10.

Committee members for the NEMO PF Chapter are chairpersons Danette and Deny Clatt, Casey and Lydia Clatt, Stewart and Waltedda Blessing, Derrick and Tia Hamilton, and Craig Williamson. Wildlife biologist is Elsa Gallagher.

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