Anyhow we had 285 awesome guests, super cool prizes, great food, and an amazing facility! We had the dinner at Metamora Fields Golf Course in Metamora, check out this place. I was too busy at the event to take pictures, so I just grabbed some from their facebook page:
Then Chris Brackett got up to explain about the silent auction guitars that he brought that were signed by Zac Brown. Then Jeremie Draper talked for a minute about the Sandblasted or blown glass sculpture things. Then we drew the raffle prizes!
Some dude won a Franchi Renaisance Over and Under 12 guage, another guy won an awesome Otter Creek fishing package, and three ladies won skin dimensions and grand prairie packages. Then we finished up the evening with the silent auction.
We had some awesome auction prizes like car care package from Bob Grimm Chevrolet, wood carved crappie, Presleys fishing gear package, Bass Pro fishing rods, Cabelas gift card and camping chairs, big bluegill fishing trip, Otter Creek fishing package, 150 acre deer/turkey hunting lease, Electrofishing survey, Catered event with Chef Todd, Maui Jim Sunglasses, lots of smaller items and days at the park! Special thanks to everyone who bid and won those packages!!!!
I don't have the actual numbers computed yet, but we raised way more money and support than I was even hoping for!!! This is shaping up to be an awesome year at the park! This is just the jumpstart we needed to kick off the year. Don't forget about us though, the amount of kids we are able to teach and seniors to host is endless, our funds and volunteers however are not. We still need your help this summer!
Also on another note, Jonn Graham hosted a flyfishing day at the park on Saturday also and raised over $400 while teaching the art of flyfishing. He will be available on a somewhat limited basis this summer to teach flyfishing, but nonetheless will be available to teach some groups interested in learning. Here are some pics from the day:
We have a volunteer/needs email list for the fishing park that we will send out an email to when we need volunteers or specific items for events this year. Anyone wanting to join that list please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't worry your not committing your summer away by joining the list, just when an event falls on an opening in your schedule reply back and say you would love to help out on that day.