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Conservation dinner expects another sellout

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Organizers of the fourth-annual OFAH Conservation Dinner slated here Nov. 22, with proceeds to support fish and wildlife projects, are reporting steady ticket sales so far.

In fact, Sue Korosec said she expects the committee will have “no problem” selling all 230 tickets available for the dinner, which is being held at La Place Rendez-Vous once again.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner slated for 7 p.m. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to reserve preferable seating—and to preview the various items to be auctioned off later.

Korosec said the dinner committee is still discussing prize packages. But she noted they already have confirmed a trip for two anywhere Northwest Airlines flies in North America (except for Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico), as well as week-long stays at LaBelle’s Birch Point Camp and Barker Bay.

Korosec also said there some new prize ideas have been introduced this year in an attempt to appeal to a wider range of interests.

In fact, she said the committee purposely has tried to provide a better variety of prize packages that will be available through general and special raffles, silent and live auctions, and door prizes.

“We have a ladies’ package from ‘Cripes’ and an archery package because not everyone was interested in what we offered last year,” she noted.

“And we’re still working on a number of other packages, including maybe an electronics [one].”

Last year, the local dinner, which also sold out quickly, raised the most money per person in attendance in Ontario for the second year in a row—and put $14,000 back into the community to help with several conservation projects.

Korosec noted projects that will reap the benefits from this year’s dinner include “DeerSave,” the walleye telemetry study on the North Arm of Rainy Lake, the Adopt-A-School program and youth conservation.

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