By Tom Huggler
Stuff piling up?
That new reel, still in the factory case, could be put to good use.
That’s true with the new spare binocular. The deer-hunting boots. The backup e-collar for your retriever. All brand new, still in the box.
You’re thinking about a garage sale. Why not donate the items to the “World of Outdoors Benefit Auction” and take a tax write-off? That’s right: OWAA, which benefits from the proceeds, is a 501(c)3 organization.
The annual auction during the OWAA conference is often held in conjunction with “Community Night,” where the public is invited to meet OWAA members and to bid on items donated by our members and supporting groups. In Grand Rapids, Mich., the event will occur Saturday, June 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Imperial Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza, the conference hotel.
At the Bismarck, N.D., conference last June, Delta Waterfowl staffers ran the auction and made $14,000 for our organization. Our goal this year is $25,000. Members of the South Kent Chapter of Ducks Unlimited have offered to step in.
Now, we need you to step up. Wildlife art, autographed books and new products for the outdoors are especially appreciated. This includes items for hunting and fishing as well as nonconsumptive sports like camping, boating, backpacking, bird watching and more.
This form has information about how and when to make your donations. Questions? Contact Robin Giner at headquarters (firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-728-7434) or Terry McBurney (email@example.com or 616-676-1148). ◊
Tom Huggler is state co-chair for the Grand Rapids conference. He was OWAA president in 1992-93.