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Sportsman’s Banquet returns in March

Star Staff Report
The Star

Another sign of rebuild and restoration arrives in March at the Centennial Building.

The 12th annual Panhandle Sportsman’s Banquet, typically one of the largest events in the annual calendar, returns in all its glory March 12.

The banquet is the major fundraiser for the Port St. Joe Lions Club, which uses the proceeds to benefit local charities and community service needs.

The banquet was quiet last year in the wake of Hurricane Michael with the Lions Club holding a scaled-down raffle awarding several prizes.

This year, with the Sportsman’s Banquet, the Lions Club fundraising efforts return to form.

There will be the popular “Wall of Guns” with over 50 firearms to be auctioned or raffled to hunting enthusiasts and there are a host of other items that will be auctioned that would assist just about any outdoor activity and outfitting.

And, of course, the banquet portion is handled by the “world famous” Charlie Norton steak dinner along with fresh-shucked oysters, shrimp and grilled sausage: graze to one’s delight.

Another highlight is a 50/50 raffle that in 2018, during the 11th edition of the Sportsman’s Banquet, paid out nearly $8,500.

The banquet begins with a bit of socializing and registration at 5 p.m. with the dinner served at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The auctions and raffled will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $70 are on sale, seating is limited, and can be purchased from any Lions Club member or by visiting Ramsey’s Printing and Hannon Insurance on Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe or see Michael Hammond.

Sponsor tables with raffle ticket packages are also available.

For additional information or to order tickets call 227-1133, 527-1338 or 227-7767.