Nearly 500 people gathered at the Wylie-Mitchell building on April 12 for the Estevan Wildlife Federation's (EWF) annual fundraising banquet and auction – the most lucrative fundraiser of the year for the organization.
The event featured a live auction, a silent auction and numerous raffle tables. The live auction boasted more than 50 items.
An African safari for four, numerous prints and original paintings, tools for hunting, wildlife carvings and artwork, and other items were available during the live auction.
The auctions, raffles and ticket sales typically raise tens of thousands of dollars for the EWF's effort. Initiatives that will benefit from this year's event include:
*Financial support for the Habitat Trust Fund, the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation's youth facility and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation's various programs;
*The EWF's annual summer youth conservation camp;
*Sponsorships for local youth to attend the provincial federation's summer conservation camp in Candle Lake;
*Offer a scholarship for youth at the Estevan Comprehensive School;
*Provide firearm safety classes;
*Maintain a clubhouse and grounds that are available for rent, and a trap range and a rifle range that are open to members;
*Construct a pistol range;
*Purchase and release pheasants;
*Facilitate a bird feeding program during the winter months;
*Host the Opening Day Walleye Classic at Boundary Dam;
*Host an annual awards banquet during the winter.
This year's fundraiser was dedicated to the memory of Frank Mosley, who passed away last June at the age of 86. Mosley was the final charter member of the EWF, and he played an integral role in establishing the organization in 1945. During his 69 years with the EWF, Mosely served in many capacities, and received numerous awards.