Annual Safari Club fundraiser slated for next month

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An annual fundraiser banquet hosted by the Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International is slated for 6 p.m. March 24 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, with dinner set to begin at 7 p.m.

Chapter president Karl Huntsman said the event will feature a dinner of prime rib and blackened catfish, games, and both live and silent auctions offering hunting and fishing trips, among other items.

Money raised will have a direct impact on the area, Huntsman said.

“Seventy percent of the money raised stays right here in the Yampa Valley to help fund our projects,” he said.

SCI sponsors projects that advance its mission of preserving hunters’ rights and promoting wildlife conservation, according to the group’s website.

Projects funded by the Yampa Valley chapter include helping local 4-H shooting sport teams, programs for disabled veterans and first-time female hunters, and conservation projects in area wildlands, Huntsman said.

The Yampa Valley chapter also helps fund “Cast ‘n Blast” in conjunction with various other local groups and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. It is a reoccurring event that aims to attract new participants to hunting and fishing.

“Cast ‘n Blast is a family event,” Huntsman said. “We teach kids and adults the safety measures that come with hunting and fishing. Then the kids are allowed to fish for free, and the adults, if they have a fishing license, can fish as well.”

The next “Cast ‘n Blast” is slated for June 30 at Wyman Museum.

Tickets for the fundraiser banquet cost $45 for singles or $85 for couples, and can be purchased from any chapter member, at Rummel Chiropractic, 333 E. Victory Way, or at Mountain Man Taxidermy, 1176 North Yampa Ave.

For more information about the fundraiser banquet or projects sponsored by the Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International, visit the group’s website at www.sciyampavalleychapter.com.

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