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Seventh annual Nature Center Foundation banquet set

By Staff | Mar 21, 2014

The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation (ECNCF) cordially invites the public to its seventh annual banquet on Saturday, March 29 at the Estherville Elk’s Lodge.

All proceeds benefit the Environmental Education Endowment of the Foundation. Help support the mission of the ECNCF to enhance and sustain environmental education and recreation for all residents and visitors of Emmet County.

Tickets are limited. Join in a fun-filled evening of dinning, libations, games, program and auction. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with supper at 6. The program and auction start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include the meal and program.

Guests will want to take advantage of the water bottle package which includes a Cabela’s stainless-steel water bottle chuck-full of general raffle and bonus raffle tickets. It’s a $125 value for only $50. Ladies raffle and general raffle tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. Bonus raffle tickets are only available in the water bottle package.

Guests will have the chance to play a few games and win prizes. The red Solo Cup game has proven to be fun for all. The winner takes all: $100 worth of bonus and general raffle tickets and a $50 gift card and movie night package. Phyllis McKean will again be selling cards for the card cut game, with a grand prize $250 gas card donated by Houseman Oil and Riverside Sinclair. The heads or tails game will have the winner taking home one wash and wax and $25 gas card.

Be sure to get a chance at the bonus raffle items which include a half hog and processing from Dave and Robin Enerson, 15 tons of class C gravel and trucking from Michaelson’s and a personalized weather vane crafted by Morris Jorgenson sponsored by Northwest Bank.

There are still a few spaces left on the Traeger Grill board sponsored by StateLine Cooperative, Madden Pioneer & Crop Insurance and Dan’s Repair. Spaces are one for $10. There are also a few chances left on the afghan board with proceeds benefiting the Junior Naturalist Camp Scholarship Fund. Spaces are one for $5 or five for $20.

There will also be a ladies raffle, general raffle, silent auction and live auction items.

This year 10 handcrafted birdhouses will be raffled and auctioned. One lucky birdhouse winner will take home the grand prize of a 14.3 gallon YETI cooler loaded with extra loot.

The live auction will feature Decorah eagles, Winter Pair Chickadees & Winter Pair Cardinals, all new prints from Larry Zach. A quilt rack crafted by Kim Swanson, Wall Quilt by Donna Luscombe, 15 Tons of Class C Gravel from Michaelson’s, an antique wagon donated by Curt Larson, an autographed ISU football donated by Richard & Phyllis McKean, Doll House donated by Roger Christensen, Terry Redlin print “Shoreline Neighbors” donated by Rick and Cheryl Houseman, a half hog and processing from Dave and Robin Enerson, horseshoe wine holder and bottle of wine from Richard and Phyllis McKean, a framed Osprey photo from Mr. G’s and Carol’s Cottage and many more prizes.

Ladies raffle items include a number of arranged flower pieces, cornhusk wreaths and dolls, decorative items, hair care gift baskets and gift certificates to local beauty salons, and Barefoot Bay gear.

General raffle items include an Okoboji University blanket; Iowa Lakes Electric gift bag; Edward Jones cooler, gardening bag and grill tools kit; golf balls from Farm Bureau; water bottle and blanket from Estherville Chamber of Commerce; bird feeder and seed from Alco; indoor/outdoor thermometer from Estherville Drug; RWC gear; NuCanoe gear; Parks Marina gear; Godfather’s Pizza prize; Don Jose’s gift card; car care prizes and much more.

Silent auction items include a number of homemade baked goods, Firestone tractor, Skil cordless drill from Estherville Building Center, two Sunday meals and a bottle of wine at the Little Swan Lake Winery, chickadee apple print from Heartland Americana, sunglasses from the EyeCare Center/Dr.Craig Baker, ink drawing from Mitch Eveleth, a mirror from the girl’s locker room in the Ringsted School, one wash and wax from M.E.’s Body Shop and many more prizes.

Thanks go to the 100-plus sponsors and donors that continue to make the banquet a success and help accomplish the mission for quality environmental education in Emmet County. Thank you and we hope to see you at the Nature Center banquet.