Monday, March 14, 2011

Hooked On Fishing Fundraiser Dinner

I want to thank everyone who came to the Hooked On Fishing Park fundraising banquet on Saturday night!!! At 7 am on Saturday morning I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to not just throw together the finishing touches, but rather to throw together a majority of the event. Thank goodness my family was available all day Saturday from 7 am to 11 pm to bail me out!

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:

The staff at Metamora Fields was first class and the facility is world class. They put on a feast of stuffed mushroom and hawaian meatball appetizers. Then I got up and entertained the crowd by butchering up pretty much all my words. Then Luke Luginbuhl got up to say the prayer for the meal and before that went into an impromptu speech with enough gushiness to make me turn red in front of everyone, but it was very nice nonetheless.

The food I wish so bad I had a picture of, but these words are just gonna have to paint the picture for you: First there were like 6 of those fancy roaster things full of like 3 different kinds of various vegetables (basically doctored up rabbit food). I didnt even bother looking in those, cause I loaded up on the real food- chicken cordon bleu, stuffed pork loin, and carved beef from a carving station with au jus and horseradish sauce. That new restaurant there is dynamite!
Then I got back up again in front of the crowd for some more entertainment (at my expense) and then I showed the crowd this video about the park on the big 12' screen:

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 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.

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