Wild game dinner and auction planned

ALBANY, Ga. -- The 18th annual Wild Game Dinner and Auction to benefit the Chehaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be held Tuesday at the Potter Community Center.

The Chehaw Council covers 17 Southwest Georgia counties, with 80 scouting units and more than 2,500 Boy Scouts.

The event, sponsored by Flint River Services, Lemuel Griffin and Zack Aultman, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction followed by a wild game dinner at 6 p.m. and a live auction and gun raffle at 7 p.m.

"This benefit is crucial to us because it provides one-fifth of our annual operating budget," Scout Executive Ray Allen said. "It helps us maintain our camps, pay insurance, pay the power bill and all kinds of other support services. This event revolves around community support and support for scouting in general.

"It's also a good time to get together with friends and do something worthwhile."

The dinner will include quail, duck, barbecue, beef, venison, hog, elk and other exotic entrees.

Items to be auctioned include quail, deer and turkey hunts, dove shoots, outdoor paintings, deep sea fishing trips and an English Cocker puppy. In addition, various wildlife prints, wildlife mounts, gift baskets and interior decoration items will also be on the block.

The annual dinner is the Chehaw Council's largest fundraiser and attracts guests from throughout Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

Event organizers say the emphasis on their guests having an enjoyable evening while supporting the strong efforts of the Boy Scouts in southwest Georgia.

"The economy has had an effect all fundraisers," Allen said. "But we are confident people will content to support this worthwhile cause."

Individual tickets at $40 each and a table for eight goes for $600. There are also several other larger sponsorship opportunities.

For more information about the Wild Game Dinner and Auction, or sponsorship, call the Scout office at (229) 436-7226.