The 32nd annual Conservation Banquet and Auction for Arkansas Trout Unlimited Chapter 514 in Northwest Arkansas is set for Friday, March 9 at the Fayetteville Town Center (15 W Mountain St.).
The evening includes a live and silent auction, dinner catered by Spring Street Grill, cash bar, raffle items, and short awards program. All proceeds help this nonprofit groups conservation efforts for cold water fisheries. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Go early to check out the silent and live auction items and to sign up for the raffle.
The raffle includes a Wilderness System kayak with paddles, life vest, and rod holder from Ozark Mountain Trading Company, and a camping package. Live auction items include guided fishing trips, weekend getaways, artwork, and fishing equipment. The silent auction has home decor items, jewelry, restaurant and massage gift certificates, fishing gear, and more. There’s a wide assortment of fishing and outdoor apparel, equipment and accessories.
Tickets are $85 for couples, $50 for single adults, and $20 for youth tickets (16 and younger). Trophy Tables are also available and come with special reserved seating and commemorative gifts from TU. Rainbow Trout tables for four are $350 and Brown Trout Tables for eight are $600. Rainbow and Brown tables must be purchased in advanced. Single tickets can be purchased at the door and at McLellan’s Fly Shop (18 W Sunbridge Dr.) in Fayetteville. For advance tickets contact Ron Blackwelder at 713-819-6980.
The banquet is the primary fundraiser supporting fly fishing and conservation initiatives by Chapter 514 in Arkansas. Projects include:
- Outdoor education programs in several northwest Arkansas high schools
- TU’s “Trout in the Classroom” program in local schools
- TU’s Women’s and Diversity Initiatives
- “Casting for Recovery” for breast cancer survivors
- “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing” for disabled Veterans
- “Reel Recovery” for men who have survived cancer
- Clean-ups, conservation and restoration projects on our home water, the Beaver Dam tailwater fishery of the White River
Arkansas TU Chapter 514 is based in the northwest corner of the state and is one of four active TU chapters located within Arkansas. It has monthly meetings February-May and September-November. Summer break is June-August and winter break is December-January when monthly meetings are not scheduled. However, the chapter holds regional events and tailgaters projects throughout the calendar year. If you are interested in protection, restoration, and conservation of the area’s fishable waters, join this group and get involved. Find out more at www.arkansaschaptertu.org.