NWTF annual event deemed a success

The Tygart Valley Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation recently held their annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquet at the Gandy Dancer in Elkins.

The NWTF’S primary fundraiser is the annual banquets held throughout the nation, with funding to be used to conduct Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects, including conservation and outreach projects in the state raising the funds.

The banquet is also a gathering where members have fun while purchasing firearms and merchandise that are exclusive to the NWTF banquets.

The NWTF is a private, non-profit conservation and education organization founded in 1973 with a mission dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving our hunting heritage.

It takes many hours of preparation for the banquet and this year our Banquet Chairman Ray Mearns did an outstanding job, along with Don Thomason.

Other members who helped out for the banquet were Bruce & Elinor Evans, Bill & Diane Bargo, Trish Thomason, Mike & Maxine Metzner, Cameron & Sherry Crisp and Sharon Carr. The chapter would like to thank local businesses and individuals who made our 2019 the best banquet we have had in years.

Our Sponsor Members for 2019 were Jodie Parrack, Paul Wamsley, Jr., Cole Henson, Gene Darlington, Don Thomason, William Bargo, Jamie Wilfong, Cameron Crisp, Roger Summerfield, Teresa Wamsley, Art Burnside, JC Dakan, James Bialek, Matt Wilfong, Sonny Lewis, Rick Pritt, Ray Mearns, Goffrey Phillips, Jerry Hahn, Steven Cvechko, Brandon Hudkins, Brant Hines, Paul Wamsley Sr., Gary Thomason & Lisa Cvechko.

A big thank you to the following for their support in purchasing Corporate Tables, Performance Motor Sales, Inc., St. George Medical Clinic, JC Dakan, Elkins Auto, Nationwide Ins/James Bialek, PSC-Rockford Construction, Cameron Crisp Family, Phillips Engineering and Associates, Jodie Parrack/State Farm Insurance, Wilfong Law Offices, Sonny’s Carpet Center, Roger Summerfield, Rick Pritt, Brandon Hudkins and Gary Thomason.

Congratulations to Matt Wilfong for being the winner of our Grand Slam Game.

Other businesses in our area supported the banquet by underwritings items from our banquet package. Thanks to Triangle Heating & Cooling, All American Auto Center, Jodie Parrack/State Farm Insurance, Davis Medical Center, Fox Lumber Company Fox, Mountain Valley Bank, Elkins Motor Sports, Mountaineer Insurance Services, Performance Motor Sales, Inc., Citizens National Bank, St. George Medical Clinic, JMB Sales & Service, Elkins Auto, Sonny’s Carpet, Champion Auto, Cunningham Collison, Nationwide Insurance, Williams and Associates, Wilfong Law Offices, Smoke on the Water, Tomblyn’s Funeral Home, Glotfelty Tire Center, Benders, Total Image and House Hunters.

The evening was complete with a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Joe Kelly, at the Gandy Dancer. A special thanks to G’na Stephens, from the Gandy Dancer, for all her advice and organizing our great evening.

Many others who helped make our banquet a great success was our MC for the evening was our Regional Biologist Cully McCurdy, taking care of our firearms paperwork was Jim Crum, Auctioneers were from Joe Pyle, Raffle workers Brennon Weese, Nathaniel Beer and Brooklyn D’Angelo, Auction runners were Austin Teter, Caleb Teter and Autumn Crisp.

Our outreach program, JAKES DAY will be held Saturday, June 22 at the Mountaineer Chapter of Izaak Walton property, located in Beverly.

This is a free event for kids 5-17 years old. You may learn more by visiting our Facebook page: Tygart Chapter of NWTF.

Trish Thomason

Secretary, TVC of NWTF


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