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Wild game fundraiser Saturday

Gail Eggiman

Contributor

What do men in tights and Fish & Game have in common?

We can only hope to see a few brave merry men at the annual Wild Game Banquet Fundraiser hosted by the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association.

The theme of the event is Robin Hood, in recognition of the growing family recreational sport of archery. Dress up as Robin or Maid Marion or any of the other characters and you could win best male or best female costume! We want you to have a fun time while we empty your pockets of any “gold” in support of conservation.

This special culinary event Feb. 22 is again catered by Tria Fine Catering at the Florence Filberg Centre.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Elsie Rogers at 250-338-4420 or  the association's caretaker at 250-338-9122 from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are a limited number of tickets and tickets are open to the public as well as members.

The fundraiser supports many projects for the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association, including work with the Department of of Fisheries and capture of salmon brood stock in the Trent River to ensure the return of salmon to the river.  Members are involved with BC Hydro’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program to see the interaction between cutthroat trout and coho in Comox Lake. Special fishing days provided for special-needs groups including seniors, mentally and/or physically handicapped and youth from the Comox Valley are a delight each year.

Our trout pond also sees hundreds of grandparents, parents and children enjoying themselves fishing on Father’s Day Weekend with many rods and reels donated to the children at the end of the weekend. An annual kids' camp teaches outdoor recreation and survival skills.

The Fish and Game Association is also active in supporting the community with bursaries for graduates, the YANA Christmas Tree Auction, the annual spring cleanup, the Fishing Forever Program, the BC Family Fishing Weekend and much more.

The evening will present raffles, silent and live auctions with many prizes donated by supportive and always-generous local merchants and businesses.

Any businesses interested in supporting the fundraiser with a donation can contact Elsie at 250-338-4420 or the-office@courtenayfishandgame.org.

Members are canvassing for prize donations and leaving local merchants with request letters and we are most appreciative of the support we receive each year.

— Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association

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