Lorne Virgin

Lorne Virgin (left) outbid several contenders Saturday to buy a ‘NWTF Stamped Frame 1987 through 2007’ during the Little Sandy Limbhangers Chapter of the Northwest Wild Turkey Federation’s annual Preserve The Hunting Heritage Banquet that took place at the Grayson Conference Center. Eugene Hall (center) was one of many members of the NWTF who helped with the auction. Also seated is Virgin’s son Mason Virgin.

Tasty food, a great auction and a whole lot of fun was how most people described Saturday’s Wild Turkey Federation banquet.

The 2007 Little Sandy Limbhangers Chapter of the Northwest Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) annual Preserve the Hunting Heritage Banquet took place at the Grayson Conference Center with a packed house and $21,000 being made for several worthy causes.

Chris Parsons, president of the NWTF, said the event went well with 232 people attending.

“I just hope everyone that attended enjoyed it as much as we did,” Parsons told The Journal-Times. “There were 210 tickets sold upfront and then the rest were walk-ins.”

Most of the proceeds will stay in the state and local area while funding local scholarships, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, various women events, Jakes and land development, Parsons said.

The NWTF is a non-profit, grassroots conservation organization that is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of hunting heritage.

The NWTF works with local people, government and Fish and Wildlife agencies through a network of many local chapters.

The Little Sandy Chapter is embarking on its fifth year of community service with many activities planned for the upcoming year.

The Little Sandy Chapter recently received seen different state recognition awards and the Kentucky ‘Above and Beyond’ chapter award. “The accomplishments could not be possible without the remarkable support of our sponsors and hard working committee members,” Parson said.

Little Sandy Limbhangers local chapter of the NWTF:

•Regional Director – Phil Rawlings

•2007 Banquet Chairman –Mike Boyles

•2006 NWTF Chapter Officers: President - Chris Parsons; Vice President - Mike Boyles; Treasurer/ Secretary - Virgil Messer; Jakes Coordinator - Buddy Grayson;Wheelin’ Sportsmen Coordinator- Glen Ison; Honorary Board Member - Charlie Byrd

•2006 Committee Members - Eddie Dean, Tom White, Max Hammond Sr. , Greg Martin, Missy White, David Gifford, James Engle, Bobby James, Pam Banks, Clyde Jordan, Ian Lauhon, John Miracle, Kenny Hill, Jon Burchett, Angie Parsons, Tom Dalton, Pat Dalton, Danny Gifford, Leda Dean, Randy Jessie, Brian Wallin, Chris Neff, Betty Byrd, Kim Jessie, Sam Perry, Alan Duff, Eugene Hall , Honorary committee member –Robin Webb

•NWTF sponsors include: Mark Kennard, Kennard Enterprises; Charles Wallace, county judge executive; Arvil Marcum and David Hayes, First Credit Motor; Eddie and Leda Dean; Ronnie Pence, Twin Oak Farm; First National Bank of Grayson; Col. Ralph Newman; Anthony Kee, O.D., optometrist; Roger Wolfe, Ralph’s Foodfair; James Engle, Laurel Gorge Calls; Terry Adams, LUV Homes, Ashland; Jeff Rupert, LUV Homes, Grayson; Sam Perry, McDonald’s, Grayson; James Hay, James Family Outfitters; Ramona Salyers, State Farm Bureau; Samuel Raybourn and Family; Ted David, North Light Camp - Canada; Mike Collins, Carter Family Pharmacy; Robin Webb, Attorney

•NWTF donors: Craig Slone, Adkins Slone, Grayson; Oney Henderson, Oney Funeral Home; Tom Womack, Farmers’ Hardware; Tommy Bonze, Sportsmans Paradise; Sally York, Grayson Conference Center; Wal-Mart, Ashland; Shawn Walker and Associates, PSC; Dave Stultz, Stultz Pharmacy; Pride Dog Food Company; Carter Auto Parts; Borders Sporting Goods; James Engle, Laurel Gorge Calls; Ronnie Pence; Dick’s Sporting Goods; Frank Murphy Construction ; Grayson Sanitation; Jordan Ice

•Wheelin’ Sportsmen sponsors: R.F. Mossberg Co.; Knight Rifles; Papa Johns Pizza, Grayson

•KY Conservation Officers Association: Globe Hardwood; Fraley, Miller and Associates; Primos Hunting Calls; Steiner Inc. – Germany; Buckmasters, Inc.; Cabela’s Outfitters; McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland PLLC; Natchezes Shooting Supply ; Underbrush Blinds ; StorAll Self Storage

*Look for event photos in upcoming editions of The Journal-Times!

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