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Middle Island Longbeards to host banquet

By Staff | Mar 11, 2009

The Middle Island Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their 11th Anniversary Hunter Heritage Superfund Banquet on Saturday, March 21 at the Momentive Performance Materials Training Facility, South W.Va. 2 at Bens Run.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, live and silent auction, games, raffles, and more to raise funds for Wild Turkey Conservation and the Hunting Heritage.

There are several ways in which people can support the Hunting Heritage and all of the dollars spent for conservation are tax-deductible.

Many area businesses and individuals are choosing to be an NWTF Corporate Sponsor (a higher level membership) such as Clay Hupp, Larry Flor, Hillbilly Grill, Jim Barnard, Jerry Koerber, Alta’s Bait and Outdoors, Steve Estep, Computer Solutions owner Annette Wetzel, WesBanco Bank, Suzz’s Magic Art Studio, Jack Hayes, and Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kindle.

Another way to support the event is underwriting a wildlife print or item on the live or silent auctions from McDonald’s Restaurant, Annette Wetzel, Tyler County Democratic Executive Committee, Steve Estep, Candy Warner, New Martinsville Moose Lodge No. 931, Sara Cool, City-Wide Real Estate, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Union Bank, Bridgeport Equipment Sales and Rental, Momentive Performance Materials, Alta’s Bait and Outdoors, Country Roads Ford, Precision Plumbing and General Contracting, Hunter’s Taxidermy, Chris McAdams, Prunty’s Pharmacy R Calls, Randy McAdams, Denver Pelky, Myer’s Funeral Home, Huffman Tax Service, PPG Industries, Hillbilly Grill, Matt and Stacey Call, Cross Taxidermy, Mike Cross and others.

Most notably, many have chosen to support the J.A.K.E.S. (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics, and Sportsmanship) program by underwriting JAKES memberships.

They include Hayhurst Equipment, Jack Hayes, Jim Barnard, St. Marys Food Galaxy Food Center, Myer’s Funeral Home, Conaway Lake Grocery, The Fort Pizza, Linda Leasure from State Farm Insurance, Marble King, Dave Weekley, Gregory B. Null Attorney at Law, Country Roads Discount Store, The Jug, Miller Heating and Cooling, Dr. Richard Stender, Alta’s Bait and Outdoors, Clay Hupp, Hillbilly Grill, Farmer’s Exchange, Ed Stine, Candy Warner, BFS Marathon Store No. 23, Wissmach Glass, Computer Solutions owner Annette Wetzel, Heritage General Contracting, and Long Reach Federal Credit Union.

To quote John W. Whithead, “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” Last year the Middle Island Longbeards, with the support of other individuals and businesses signed up over 300 JAKES members, recognized as first in West Virginia, by the state chapter of the NWTF, which shows their dedication to the local youth in the area.

The Middle Island Longbeards have also been recognized by the National Wild Turkey Federation with six national awards for their outstanding JAKES events, as well as the “Best of the Best Award” for their JAKES program.

Many in the area choose to support the JAKES program even if they are not hunters because the program teaches the youth such a wide scope of topics.

Any individual or business that would like to help the chapter to accomplish the JAKES mission, now is a great time to do so.

For other options or ways to support the NWTF, contact the MIddle Island Longbeards today.

There has never been a better time to join the NWTF.

By taking a membership prior to the event, members will be automatically entered into a drawing for a special firearm.

Space is limited and reservations are a must. Call 304-758-4374 today to reserve a space.

Ask about the early bird special good only until March 14.