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Hunter Heritage and Scholarship Awards Banquet to honor students

Courtesy Photos Seven scholarship finalists will be honored at this year’s Hunter Heritage and Scholarship Awards Banquet. The finalists, above from left to right, are Hannah Hentkowski and Austin Schleben.

POSEN ­– Seven scholarship finalists and their parents will be guests of honor at the Hunter Heritage and Scholarship Awards Banquet to be held Feb. 29 at the Posen Community Center, 10813 Michigan Ave.

The banquet is sponsored by the Presque Isle Turkey Trackers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s finalists include Hannah Hentkowski, Eyan Hincka, Tyler Hincka, George Kroll, Cameron Paull, Austin Schleben and Matthew Szatkowski.

Scholarship awards will be presented at the banquet. Veterans, all emergency responding personnel and road commission personnel present will also be honored during the event.

In addition to honoring the students and their families, the banquet is an opportunity for friends to get together before the start of the spring turkey hunting season in April. Importantly, the event raises funds for scholarships and local wildlife habitat improvements for winter wildlife feed, including deer, turkeys and other wildlife.

Seven scholarship finalists will be honored at this year’s Hunter Heritage and Scholarship Awards Banquet. The finalists, from left to right, are Eyan Hincka, Tyler Hincka, George Kroll, Cameron Paull, and Matthew Szatkowski.

The chapter also provides low-cost seed (round-up ready corn and soybeans), sunflowers and wildlife seed mixes for local food plots.

This year the chapter provided domestic turkeys to 26 local needy families during the Christmas holiday season. The chapter also provided $500 each to food pantries in Rogers City and Presque Isle, and conducts hunter safety classes at local sportsmen’s clubs.

The Turkey Trackers Chapter also sponsored and conducted a BB Gun Shooting Contest during the 2019 Posen Potato Festival. A total of 192 young people had a great time shooting for prizes. Many shot for the first time and want to come back next year.

During the upcoming banquet, there will be many free door prizes, live and silent auctions, games (including children’s games), a women’s table, and the meal, which will feature desserts and beverages.

A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door because of catering limitations.

For ticket information, call Lisa at 989-766-2200, Phil at 989-766-2495, or Pete at 989-766-8422.

Those who purchase ticket packages by Feb. 22 will receive double the raffle tickets. Ticket packages include the table of eight, sponsor, and $100 raffle packs.