The Wild Game Dinner 2020 Highlights
A tradition that began in 1995, this is one of our most popular fundraisers! Always the first Saturday in February at Willow Wood Golf Club in Portland, tickets sell out quickly. Enjoy a wonderful dinner and purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win a range of firearms, hunting accessories and so much more!
The 25th Annual Wild Game Dinner on February 1st was once again a big success! The Willow Wood banquet room was again packed to capacity for this sold-out extravaganza. There were many new faces in the crowd this year, giving testimony to the increasing popularity of this event.
Event Chairman Pete Weller did an outstanding job in heading things up. Pete has worked tirelessly for months in preparation for the big night. There were many, many, many door prizes and other fantastic “white ticket” prizes to be won throughout the night---not to mention the BBQ banquet catered by Smoke N’ Pig---and the sumptuous alligator provided and shipped up from Florida by Oren Best and prepared by Aaron and Nikki from Terry’s Woodbury Café.
It was a fantastic night!
First off, Pete would like to thank all of the helpers that assisted him in this year’s event:
Your time and efforts are truly appreciated! We are truly blessed to have people like these so willing to serve to help the kids and our community. THANK YOU!
Our Chairman Pete Weller started a new tradition at last year’s dinner, first by acknowledging military veterans in attendance, thanking them for their service, and presenting the oldest veteran present an American flag. This year’s recipient was Mark Norris, (pictured below), receiving his flag that has flown over the Capital, from Angela Witwer, Michigan 71st. District House of Representatives member.
Pictured, (center below) is Wade Almie, special drawing winner of a hand crafted Bowie knife made of Damascus steel presented by Taurin Franklin (left) and Bon Jasso (right) representing Sabersmith, Inc.
The Sabersmith folks are members of the SPY’s Corporate Sponsor program. To learn more about Sabersmith and the unique products the manufacture we invite you to visit their website at www.sabersmith.com.
Pictured (below left) is Dan Moody of D & D Products in Saranac, that specializes in hydraulic and pneumatic sales, service, and installation, who was one of the major donors at this year’s event presenting a Savage .350 to super lucky “white ticket” drawing winner Jim Carr.
Pictured (below right) is Raj Singh, owner of Marko’s Sunoco down on the corner in Sunfield, who is a member of the SPY’s Corporate Sponsor Program presenting a complete crossbow set, with many accessories, to Mark Hanna, another lucky “white ticket” drawing winner .
Pictured above relaxing in his new Mapes Furniture donated electric recliner covered with an outdoor scenic fabric, is Will Gragg.
he chair was donated by Rebecca Calabro, of Mapes Furniture Company, long-time member of the SPY’s Corporate Sponsor program and a tremendous community booster. She is pictured below with Steve Grosshans, President of the SPY’s.
A big thank you for this year's white ticket drawing prize donors:
Raj & Marko’s Sunoco
Becky & Mapes Furniture
Dan Moody of D & D Products
Chris Brace of Michigan Tax & Financial
Jim Carr of Bader & Sons
Buddy & Jari Collins
John & Sandy Fisher
Paul Campbell of Campbell & Sons
Mark Woodman Plumbing & Heating
Also, a big THANK YOU to Rob Piercefield of the legendary Swede's Grill in Mulliken
who once again supplied delicious appetizers.
Pictured above left is Dan Moody of D&D Products in Saranac, that specializes in hydraulic and pneumatic sales, service and installation, who was one of the major donors at this year's event, presents a muzzle loader to Michael Haskin (right). Pictured in the center is Michael's lucky charm, Levi.
Pictured above right is Jim Carr, manager of the Bader & Sons John Deere store in Grand Ledge presenting a Stihl backpack leaf blower to Tyler Root.
Pictured above right is John Fisher who donated a special MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo autographed basketball to white ticket drawing winner Stephanie Westendorf.
A big thank you to this year's opening round drawing prize donors:
Bee Line Concrete
Brian & Sue Spitzley
B R Construction
Buddy & Jari Collins
Buddy’s On The Beach
Caledonia Farmers Elevator
Centennial Acres Golf Course
Douglas Packaging Machines
Ed Smith Welding
Linda’s Corner Landing
Ginger Howe & McCartney Insurance
Morris Maple Leaf Farm
Oren Best & Best Tax Service
Specialty Industries Inc. (SII)
Smoke N’ Pig
Terry’s Woodbury Café
Vern’s Sport & Repair
Walkington Well Drilling
Willow Wood Golf Course
Your support for this event is truly appreciated. It helps tremendously our ability to continue to provide the many programs we sponsor for area youth and the community. Thank You!!!
Stacey Nurenberg Is A Double Big Prize Winner
Pictured (right) is Paul Campbell of Campbell & Sons presenting the 2-person tree stand to Stacey Nurenberg. This was the first of her big wins.
Pictured (center) once again is Stacey Nurenberg holding her big prize treasure chest from HSV Redi-Mix. This unique prize was good for 14 yards of aggregate and 5 yards of concrete. Pictured with Stacey representing HSV is (left) Trish Snedegar and (right) Rich Challender.
Mike Manne Wins Gun Safe
Pictured (left) is Matt Grosshans who drew the winning ticket for the fabulous gun safe. The guy with the smiling face
on the right is the new owner Mike Manne. The gun safe “white ticket” prize was donated by
Chris Brace of Michigan Tax & Financial.
Pictured (far left and far right) are Candace and Nick Spitzley providers of some of the prizes in the “white ticket” treasure chest drawings. The winners were (left to right next to Candace) Josh Lyke, who won a $100 Meijer gift card; Zoe Brummette, who won a meat bundle; Brittni Brummette, who also won a meat bundle; and Tyler Root, who won the third meat bundle.
The Treasure Chest prizes were underwritten by Mark Woodman Plumbing & Heating; Blair Landscaping; and Pete Weller.
Don Kenyon Wins Outdoor Hunting Group
Pictured (center) is Don Kenyon winner of the outdoor hunting group, which included a Hub Blind and a Buddy portable heater. This “white ticket” prize was donated by Eric & Brittni Brummette, who are pictured on each side of Don.
Mike Satterlee Wins Custom Built Cooler And Craft Beer
Pictured (left) is Jordan Porter who did the honors of drawing the winning ticket for a custom made cooler that was crafted for the event by Ed Kruger and filled with a variety of craft beer. Pictured (right) is the smiling lucky winner, Mike Satterlee.