LCPF Press Release
The 34th Annual Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) Spring Banquet will be held on Sat., Mar. 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at The SMSU Convention Center in Marshall. Tickets are immediately available for $60, which includes membership in LCPF for one year and the banquet meal. Youth “Ringneck” tickets are $30, and include a youth membership to LCPF and dinner. Other household member dinner tickets are available for just $30, but must be purchased with a membership ticket.
“The banquet provides the bulk of our fundraising for multiple habitat and youth outdoors programs each year,” said LCPF President, Nick Simonson, “without the support of our great members, guests, sponsors and volunteers, this annual event and our projects wouldn’t be as wildly successful as they have been, and we’re looking to continue that tradition,” he continued.
At the 34th installment of the annual event, more than 40 guns will be up for grabs, along with over $30,000 in prizes, including prints, hunting equipment, gift certificates, and many other great items from area merchants, generous underwriters and sponsors of the event. These items will be up for bid in both live and silent auctions, raffles and through games of skill and chance.
“We’ve got even more games than last year,” said LCPF Banquet Chair Harvey Noyes, “so hunters and fans of conservation can test their skill and luck while challenging their friends to have a great time,” he concluded.
But the banquet isn’t just about raising funds. Each year, the chapter honors its members who have put forth efforts above and beyond the call of conservation for their hard work and assistance in making the multiple events and projects successful. It is a time of recognition and honor for those who work tirelessly for wildlife and youth outdoors activities in our area. Between the prizes and the awards, the Banquet is a showcase of what the chapter’s efforts bring to the area.
More information on the banquet can be found on the LCPF website at www.lyoncountypf.org. Tickets for the event are available at Borch’s Sporting Goods gun counter in Marshall, or by contacting Ron Prorok, LCPF Treasurer at (507)401-6227.
Last year, LCPF sponsored four area Minnesota High School Clay Target League Teams at Lakeview, Minneota, Tracy and Marshall High Schools, getting 170 kids involved in safe and enjoyable shooting sports competition. Additionally, with the help of Legacy Funding, East Medicine PF, Canby PF, Minnesota PF and a number of local partner groups, the chapter is set to dedicate the James Meger Memorial WMA next fall as part of the 2017 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener when the event returns to Marshall.
Those individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring the banquet can do so for $300; in return all Sponsors will receive a banquet ticket, be entered into a special Sponsor-only drawing for three CZ shotguns, receive one year of free advertising on the chapter website and be recognized in the banquet program. All underwriters and donors of money or prizes to the event will also be recognized in the banquet program. For more information on sponsorships, underwriting or donations, contact the members listed above.
Additionally, tickets for the 20-prize Guns & Cash Raffle are in short supply, and are anticipated to be sold out prior to the banquet, so anyone in need of one leading up to the big drawing at the end of the event on Mar. 11 should purchase theirs now. Some are still available at Borch’s Sporting Goods and Running’s in Marshall, or through chapter committee members. For more information on the Banquet, the Guns & Cash Raffle and other events, visit the chapter website at www.lyoncountypf.org, like the LCPF Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lyoncountypf, or follow the chapter on Twitter @lyoncountypf.