The seventh annual Sportsman’s Banquet rolls in Thursday, March 13, with plenty of good food, a heaping helping of fun, prizes and, for one lucky, a bucketful of cash to take home.
Over the past decade, the club has poured some $25,000 into the community through a host of efforts.
The Sportsman’s Banquet, to be held at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe with social hour and appetizers at 5 p.m. and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, has allowed the Lions Club of Port St. Joe to broaden its community outreach.
The last Sportsman’s Banquet raised nearly $20,000 for Lions Club projects in the community.
The Sportsman’s Banquet originated from what was an annual event to support Ducks Unlimited. But what Lions Club members envisioned was an event that would bring money directly into the community, not only in the costs of putting the night on, but also in handling proceeds from the banquet.
After enjoying Chef Charlie Norton's "famous, no-man-left-hungry" ribeye steaks, joined on dinner plates by salad, potato and rolls.
Over $20,000 worth of contributions and prizes will be distributed to the guests through live auctions and raffles. One winner could win up to $8,000, the amount linked to the number of tickets sold.
The items include over 30 shotguns, hunting rifles and pistols, along with numerous other outdoor products. There will also be items available for women and children.
Tickets for the event are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.
“Last year we had the biggest event we’ve ever had and sales have been brisk to far,” said Willie Ramsey of the Port St. Joe Lions Club. “We do have a limited number of tickets, so it might be best to get your ticket in advance. If tickets are sold out, they will not be available at the door.”
They can be purchased at Hannon Insurance and Ramsey's Printing and Office Products in Port St. Joe and from any Lions Club member. Additional information or ticket purchases can be made by calling 227-1133, 227-7767 or 527-1338.
“This is a lot of fun and beneficial to the community,” Ramsey said. “Every dime is spent here and this is about helping in the community and that is what the Lions Club is about.”