40 Years for Leduc Fish & Game
On Saturday January 26, the Leduc Fish & Game Annual Banquet took place at the Nisku Inn & Conference Centre. This was a grand milestone, as this fundraising event celebrated its 40th year, a fact that is impressive for a non-profit society in our fluctuating economy.
With a buffet dinner offering 15 types of meat, fowl and fish and a huge silent auction boasting more than sixty quality items, this event is a tangible proof of the passion and dedication of a committee and a community devoted to the well-being and future of our environment.
A sold-out function catering to 260 guests, it hosted several politicians, local leaders and regional guests who attend this annual function each year as a favorite tradition. A trophy presentation heralded typical and non-typical deer, most improved trap shoot, youth accomplishments, largest goose, black bear, pike (catch & release) and whitefish, to name a few.
The banquet MC was Karl Maceyovski, a dynamic and tuxedo-clad club member who was the proud recipient of a Wildlife Photography award.
In the well-designed program, more than 20 individuals, families and business entities were listed as having donated the various meats on the menu. Wild boar, grouse and halibut were some of the uncommon meats offered. The Silent Auction list boasted an impressive 65 companies and individuals as loyal and generous supporters. Several door prizes were also generously added to the offerings.
The Association’s president is Vince Maltais while Terry James and Emile Chalifoux share the Banquet planning duties. A congenial Joyce James, the LF&G secretary, was on duty selling tickets for the Ladies’ Table items, with a large and colorful (mounted) turkey standing guard by her side, a showpiece trophy loaned by her husband for the occasion.
Environment and Sustainable Resources Minister Diana McQueen was in attendance to show her support for a group that works diligently to protect our wildlife and its Alberta habitat. It is easy to see why this event is sold out quickly, each and every year. This was a 40-year milestone for the Leduc Fish & Game Annual Banquet, and a great promotion for the club’s efforts in protecting the natural habitat of many wilderness species!
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