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Middle Island Longbeards’ Alternate Fundraiser Takes Place

By Staff | Sep 2, 2020

Pictured from left to right is Patrick Collins owner of the FORT, Dale Koontz Banquet Ticket chairman, Jim Barnard MIL vice-president, Bob Farkasovsky WV NWTF Senior Regional Director, Mike Rokles Banquet chairman, and Bob Leasure MIL chapter president.

The Middle Island Longbeards of the National Wild Turkey Federation held their 22nd Annual Hunting Heritage fundraiser a little differently this year on August 18.

Due to the pandemic, the annual event could not be held as usual and we couldn’t host the usual banquet.

The Longbeards were able to raise funds although the fine banquet meal wasn’t able to be enjoyed by the FORT, the caterer. The MIL chapter would like to thank all ticket holders that renewed or took new memberships and stuck it out. Tickets for Sponsor memberships, Regular and Women in the Outdoors memberships had their memberships renewed and other Early Bird ticket holders that were purchased prior to the regular scheduled event didn’t want a refund had their tickets converted to Firearms Raffles.

The winners were: Kenneth Hart won the Henry .22 Lever action for memberships, Dale Koontz won the Howa Hogue 6.5 Creedmore OD w/ scope and NWTF logo Early Bird gun,

Ron Fletcher won a Tri Star Viper G2 .410 Semi-auto Early Bird gun, Zac Leasure won the Ruger Precision Rimfire .17HMR w/NWTF logo another Early Bird gun. Elizabeth Metzger, (firearms dealer) won one of the Sponsor member’s guns, a Tri Star Upland Hunter .20 Ga. over/under with Mossy Oak Bottomland camo and NWTF logo, Zac Leasure won another Tri Star Sponsor gun, the same as the other sponsor gun. Jamie Barnard won the third sponsor firearm – a Heritage Rough Rider American .22/.22mag revolver w/NWTF logo and wooden display box. John Heard won the Gun of the Year – Benelli Montefeltro .20 Ga. Satin Walnut/Burnt Bronze Ceracote w/custom engraving. Jacob Lambert won the Mossberg .22 Plinkster JAKES gun and Creed Hickman won the Daisy Rough Rider BB gun W/JAKES logo. The middle Island Longbeards would like to thank the FORT for a meeting place. Drawings were held when the chapter met at the FORT Restaurant on August 18.

The Longbeards would like to thank everyone that contributed this year to help raise funds for Wild Turkey Conservation. Sponsor members include: Bob Leasure,(Life Sponsor), Zac Leasure, Dale Koontz, Jacob Koontz, Jerry Williams, Jim Barnard, Jamie Barnard, Mackenzie Leasure, Trevor Nichols, David M. Burr, John Burr, Kip Blake – Blake’s Auto Glass, Harmon Haught, Amy Gough, Mark Bartrug – Bartrug Angus Farms, Ed Hill, Ron Fletcher – Farmer’s Exchange, Myer’s Funeral Home, Lance Hickman, Tyler county commissioner – (Gold Corporate Sponsor ), – ROOT 2 RACK and Elizabeth Metzger – Mountainside Outfitters.

Underwriters include: DAC Energy LLC., McDonald’s Restaurant, Wable FORD, Oak Tree Furniture, Union Bank of Tyler County, Witschey’s Market, Luke Furbee, Tyler County Prosecutor, Lance Hickman ROOT 2 RACK, and Community Bank.

The chapter would also like to thank everyone that sponsored JAKES memberships for the Longbeards’ award winning JAKES program: ACE Home Center, Witschey’s Market, King’s Corner, Galaxy Food Stores, Middlebourne and St. Marys, Moose Lodge #931, Fast Eddy’s Tire & Paint, Lakeside General Store, Jenkins Sub Express, Jenkin’s Auto Parts, Long Reach Employees Federal Credit Union, Farmer’s Exchange, Phillip’s Pharmacy, Sistersville Pharmacy, Tyler Outdoor Supply, ROOT 2 RACK, Bridgeport Equipment and Union Bank of Tyler County.

Thanks to all of the support from local individuals and businesses the Longbeards were able to be successful in raising funds for Wild Turkey Conservation as well as continuing on with their JAKES mission. They were also able to make a donation to the national Wild Turkey federation’s “CALL FOR ALL,” keeping the NWTF the best Conservation Organization and are able to Carry out the Hunting Heritage mission amid the pandemic.

The Middle Island Longbeards chapter would like to send out a “Special Thank You” to Bussiness that have supported them since their becoming chartered by the NWTF 22 years ago. They include: Wable Ford, Union Bank, Long Reach Credit Union, Phillips Pharmacy, Witschey’s Market, Bell Chevy, The JUG, Farmer’s Exchange, State Farm Insurance, Myer’s Funeral Home, McDonald’s Restaurant, DAC Energy LLC., Moundsville Pepsi, St. Marys Food Galaxy, Advance Auto Parts, S & S Diamonds and Fine Jewelry and the Tyler Star News and many individuals that have monetarily supported and gave of their time and resources.

“Thank You” for your continued support. If you would like to be a member of the premier conservation organization or offer support of the local chapter Call Bob Leasure at 304-758-4374 today or email the chapter at wildwvjakes@hotmail.com