SHELDON—The O’Brien County Sportsman’s Club is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser.
The club will hold its annual banquet at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Pavilion Event Center in Sheldon. Tickets are still available for the event, which includes a meal, raffle, auction and silent auction.
Every dollar raised from Saturday’s event stays in O’Brien County.
“This year we donated money to help plant trees to replace those that were cut down at Dog Creek,” club president John Farrell said. “We donated money to shooting sports teams in the region. The Sheldon club, for example, is looking for another clay pigeon thrower. Things like that. We helped fund an island in Mill Creek State Park. We’ve helped with all kinds of things and the money stays here in the county.
Tickets can be purchased from any of the 13 club managers. These numbers are available on county posters or can be found on the O’Brien County Sportsmen’s Club Facebook page.
Tickets are $50 for the members dinner, $50 for spouses, $20 for membership only and children 16 and under are $30.
Tickets are $75 at the door the night of the event.
“About six or seven years ago, a year ago there were 70 people at the door and we ran out of food, so we don’t want to do it again,” Farrell said.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with a prime rib dinner prepared by 1015 Steakhouse in Sibley served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
The program will start at 7 p.m.
There will be raffle tickets on sale at the fundraiser and prizes will be awarded at the event. Tickets for the raffle are $10 each, six for $50 or 12 for $100.
There are four grand prizes for the raffle – a Snap-On toolbox/gun combo worth $4,000 or $2,500 cash, a JARD 350 Legend or $500 cash, a map- $1,000 Scheels gift, a $1,000 ice fishing package, and a snow blower courtesy of Sanborn Hardware.
There will also be plenty of items to bid on during the silent auction. There will be limited edition artwork as well as hunting and fishing gear.
“Some little things, but it all adds up,” Farrell said. “There are a few guns and other stuff.”
Then the program starts at 7 p.m.
“We should have a really good banquet,” Farrell said. “I just hope everyone comes out and supports the club. Sometimes you see people once a year and that’s at the banquet.