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Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Entertaining environmental gathering Saturday

This is a party with a plan.

The local Pheasants Forever banquet has become a prime social event for hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts in Buena Vista County, but it is also an important means of raising money for local wildlife habitat and education efforts.

This year's fall Pheasants Forever Banquet is shaping up to be a big success this coming weekend, according to Ed Hopkey, president of the local chapter of the environmental group.

"We're expecting lots of people at this year's banquet," said Hopkey. "We'll have a wide range of prizes and auction items - from guns to limited edition art. It will be a great time, and result will be increased funding to assist Buena Vista County wildlife and education programs. All money raised at the banquet remains in Buena Vista County to be used on local projects."

The fund raising event will take place at the Alta Community Center on Saturday, November 6th, and everyone is welcome.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with tickets available at the door up to capacity. The event traditionally draws a crowd of over 250, and raises a large fund for local habitat efforts.

From 5-6, there will be socializing with many games and prizes on tap including the popular "pheasant flush."

A superb meal is planned, including 12-ounce ribeye steaks grilled by the local beef producers, and catering with chef Mike Baker.

There will be about 20 top outdoor art prints and sculptures available for raffle through the night, along with more games and surprises, including a "mad hatter" raffle in which 10 lucky recipients of a special cap will compete for a prized shotgun.

Once seen as only an event for hunters, the Pheasants Forever banquet has evolved into much more than that. "Spouses have found that they have great fun at this event, and we have had more and more support from people who may not hunt at all, but hare in a love for the outdoors and a concern for our local habitat," Hopkey said.

The BV Chapter of Pheasants Forever is currently doing good work helping to fund the establishment of grass buffer strips that provide habitat and fight pollution and erosion. Hopkey also confirms that the group is working toward the potential upcoming purchase of a land site in the county.

Pheasants Forever is a tax-exempt, non-profit conservation organization whose goal is to improve upland wildlife habitat and assist with conservation education programs in local schools.

There are a variety of ways to be involved. One way is to become a Banquet Sponsor, contributing $300 and receiving the National Print of the year, PF membership, banquet ticket, plaque and medallion, as well as being entered into a special sponsor raffle for a shotgun. Print Sponsors can contribute $100 to help underwrite the cost of one print to be auctioned off at the banquet.

Price of banquet tickets are $35, which includes a $25 Pheasants Forever membership. All members receive the bimonthly Pheasants Forever magazine. For further information about Pheasants Forever or the banquet, contact: Ed Hopkey at 732-1986.