The Northeast Nebraska Whitetails Unlimited Chapter held its annual banquet in Wausa this past Saturday evening. In attendance were 466 guests that came together to raise funds in support of local area youth programs.
The evening kicked off with a social hour for guests to interact with one another, browse auction items and take part a variety of games that were held. Guests were served supper followed by raffles.
A kids raffle was held with various sports goods which included several BB guns, .22's, sweatshirts and four lifetime hunting memberships. The chapter firmly believes in involving the youth at an early age. It has been a goal for the Northeast Nebraska Whitetails Unlimited Chapter to strive for conservation and carry on the hunting tradition with each other.
The chapter recognized all military veterans and honored one lucky veteran with a .308 rifle. Tom Cunningham was the lucky veteran but decided to give it to his brother who serverd in Vietnam. He felt that he deserved it more than he did. Virgil Bayne was recognized as being old veteran at 92 and presented with wall art of an American flag. Dale Wamberg also received a 6.5 Creedmore as part of the veteran recognition.
Through out the evening, raffles were ran inbetween the auctioning of a multitude of hunting equipment.
Dan Wamberg presented the Sponsor of the Year award to Gary Vesely for his support on this year's event. Auctions and raffles continued throughout the evening with the night concluding with the final gun drawing.
The Chapter would like to thank Vicki Ketelsen and her crew for providing the meal, Dave Carlson and the rest of the Wausa Volunteer Fire Department, Paul Loberg for handling all of the guns, Gary Vesely and his team for providing the auctioneer services, all of the donors and sponsors and finally to all of the guests for making the event possible. It would not be successful without everyones help.