Whitetails Unlimited to host 6th annual banquet

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Chris and Sheryl Keeling, of Stark City, admired a burl wood vase and platter from JusKim, a woodworking artist from Cassville, at last year’s annual Whitetails Unlimited banquet. Funds from various silent and live auction events help fund scholarships and various charities through the organization, most notably, Catch a Dream. Melonie Roberts/Cassville Democrat

Auction items to benefit local scholarships, Catch a Dream

The Southwest Missouri Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited is hosting it sixth annual fundraising banquet starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at St. Mary's Catholic Church activity center.

Tickets are $40 each and includes an annual membership in the Southwest Missouri Chapter. Spouses may also attend at an additional cost of $20, and junior memberships are available at a cost of $30. The event will include a catered dinner from The Bayou restaurant, auctions and prizes that will include products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor equipment, artwork and collectibles.

Special guest this year will be Nick Mundt, co-host of the Outdoor Channel's "Bone Collector" television show and spokesperson for Whitetails Unlimited.

Scott Redshaw, of Purdy, is president of the Southwest Missouri Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited, an organization dedicated to the education, habitat conservation and hunting tradition of members and the public alike.

Auction items this year include than 30 guns and bows, including a Browning AB limited edition, Whitetails Unlimited art and home decor, camping gear and cookware, a Monster Motor mini bike, sporting goods, the Knife of the Year Silver Stag — which features an antler handle and a crosscut saw blade featuring the whitetails Unlimited logo.

Some live auction items include two south Texas javelin hunts, custom woodworking items by Purdy craftsman Scott Redshaw, including a cedar log welcome sign and a bar light.

This year's event will feature special guest, Dalton "Pig Sticker" Redshaw, only 7 years old, who will speak on his most recent javelin hunt in Texas.

Members of the Southwest Whitetails Unlimited also support various charities through the organization, most notably, Catch a Dream, which allows children with life-threatening illness the opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part, at no cost, in a managed deer hunt.

The Southwest Missouri Chapter also provides scholarships to graduating seniors in the community.

"We've awarded $50,000 in local scholarships in the past 11 years," Redshaw said. "Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average and use their writing skills in a 500-word essay describing their experience of the outdoors and tell us about it in one or two pages."

Students are recommended for the scholarship by counselors.

Proceeds from the banquet will promote education, habitat conservation and preservation of hunting traditions for the benefit of whitetail deer and other wildlife.

Tickets may be reserved by calling Redshaw at 417-354-4145 or online at whitetailsunlimited.com.

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