After 68 years, the Manitoba Wildlife Federation (MWF) is hosting its first banquet.
"There's a new flame at the Manitoba Wildlife Federation," says Bev Sawchuk, administrative director. "We have a lot of drive and passion around here these days and we're interested in increasing our profile."
Sawchuk explained that each year, the Wild at Heart banquet will focus on different programs offered through the MWF. This year, proceeds will be directed to The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and a program called Faces of Freedom.
The banquet will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. The evening includes live, silent and rainbow auctions, a made-in-Manitoba artisan showcase and an opportunity for fish and game clubs from across the province to highlight their programs. Special guests for the evening include Buck Pierce and Glenn January of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The evening will focus on MWF's Faces of Freedom, a program that recognizes the service and sacrifice made by Canadian and American forces personnel. Once a year, the MWF brings together injured veterans in the great outdoors. Keynote speaker for the evening is Col. Michael Steele, founder of the Faces of Freedom, an organization that supports wounded veterans.
Partial proceeds from the evening will also go help children and their families in Manitoba.
"The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is honoured to be included in this event," says Lawrence Prout, President and CEO. "We strongly support bringing children, youth and families together to enjoy the great outdoors and all that Manitoba has to offer. In addition, having children and their families learn about how to conserve and sustain these amazing resources will have a positive and lifelong impact."
Sawchuk said Manitoba's artistic community will be featured through photography, metal and woodwork during the evening in a special made-in-Manitoba showcase.
"Some of this beautiful work has been donated so attendees can bid on pieces through the auctions," she said.
In addition to the artwork, there will be a canoe, carvings, home décor items and a guitar on the auction block. A one-week stay at Elkhorn Resort, a suite at the Goldeyes, a fishing charter with Cats on the Red, a group shoot at Winnipeg Trap & Skeet and a weekend at Lake Manitoba Narrows are also up for grabs.
A muzzleloader, 12 gauge shotgun, rifle, youth model shotgun, compound bow and a special women's .22 cal rifle will also be offered during the evening.
Sawchuk said kids are welcome at the event and encouraged to get an autograph from one of the Bomber's a the event.
Individual tickets are $65, children under 12 are $65 and corporate tables of eight are $500. For tickets, call the MWF at 204 633-5967.
Established in 1944, the MWF is the oldest and largest conservation organization in the province with over 14,000 members. The Federation is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of fish, wildlife and habitat resources in Manitoba through advocacy, education and conservation programs.
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