• L&T staff report
The local Ducks Unlimited chapter has announced the launching of a new program that will benefit not only conservation, but a local youth group.
The new program is called the Ducks Unlimited/Midway USA Foundation Adopt-A-Team raffle. It allows the local DU chapter to raise funds for both DU’s conservation mission and a shooting program endowment for a local college, high school or youth program at the chapter’s choosing.
The local DU chapter has chosen the Seward County 4-H Shooting Sports program as a beneficiary of the endowment allocations.
Money is being raised by issuing tickets for donations with a winning ticket to be drawn Nov. 2 for a matching set of adult and youth models of custom Browning A-Bolt rifles chambered in .257 Roberts.
A set of “Our Family Legacy” Browning pocket knives displayed in a commemorative tin depicting Potterfield family hunting scenes will accompany each raffle ticket. There will be only 300 tickets available.
The tickets are $30 each, and the chapter will receive full credit for its fundraising, even though the proceeds will be divided equally between DU and the trust established for the 4-H Shooting Sports program.
The program will be a long-term benefit for the local youth involved with shooting sports, according to Seward County 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Larry Phillips.
“This is just a great benefit to our teams – whether our kids are in archery, shotgun trap or BB guns and air rifles,” Phillips said. “Though we have different disciplines, we all belong to the Seward County Sharp Shooters, and I know I can speak for all of them when I say thank you, Ducks Unlimited and Midway USA.”
The local DU chapter has already begun selling tickets starting at last weekend’s knife and gun show, and it will have a booth set up at Saturday’s Duck Festival at Blue Bonnet Park.
Supporters of conservation and the 4-H Shooting Sports program can drop by for raffle tickets or purchase a ticket for the annual DU banquet and auction set for Saturday, Nov. 2.
“I encourage people to get a ticket or two for a chance to win two beautiful rifles,” Phillips said. “And you’ll be helping our youth learn about gun safety, ethics and how to have a lot of fun in the shooting sports world.
“Also, some of our team members will be volunteering at the DU Banquet on Nov. 2 – just look for our team hats with the 4-H Shooting Sports logo and meet the kids you’ll be helping,” he added.
For more information or to get tickets, call Charles Chaoupek at 629-0211 or Greg Bird at 629-0540 or Jamie Marcellus at 655-3722.