Sunday April 21 – 4 PM to 8 PM
The Hotel Coolidge, White River Junction, VT
Live Auction items (fishing trips, overnight stays, golf outings, rod/reel outfits, flies and more).
Grand prize raffle item (TU logo Scott fly rod w/ Abel reel outfit) $1,000 retial value; and lots of great raffle items and door prizes.
New this year — Buffet dinner with pot roast, chicken and vegy stir fry.
Tickets on sale NOW. $30 per ticket, with kids under 12 free.
Order yours today by contacting us (or stop by Upper Valley Outfitters in Lebanon, NH).
The 2011 banquet took place on April 17 at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction, Vermont. We had 90 attendees and raised roughly $6,000 for our chapter conservation, education and restoration activities. Owner David Briggs and his staff once again provided a great meal and service. TU members and their families and friends all had fun socializing and taking advantage of some great prizes. The grand prize raffle drawing for the pontoon boat was won by Rhona Dallison! The special raffle drawing was also very popular… thanks to Hanover Outdoors, Simon Pearce and All Decked Out for their donations.
The LIVE auction was a big hit also. We had 8 items on the auction block, led off by a beautiful necklace and earrings donated by Operation Yellow Bead. The Dave Tibbetts print, which was framed for us by the Junction Frame Shop, was the other piece of art in the live auction. The other 6 items were all fishing trips, graciously donated by Rick Hamel, Ken Hastings, John Marshall, Loye Miller, Fred Jennings and Garry Crago. These trips were VERY popular and saw lots of bidding! Congratulations to all the winning bidders… enjoy your trips!
The Silent auction and Bucket raffles included lots of great items also from the following businesses: Alpina Sports, Barrow’s Tradin’ Post, Billing’s Farm & Museum, Boogle Bugs, Darn Tough, Designer Gold, Eastman Golf Links, Hanover Co-Op, Hanover Inn, Hartland Granola, Henderson Skis, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hotel Coolidge, Ibex, LL Bean, Main Street Kitchens, Micheal’s in Hanover, Montana Fly Company, Morrell Fly Box Company, Mountain Kahki’s, Northern Stage, Norwich Inn, Patagonia, Pine Crest Motel & Cabins, Pentland Pottery, Quechee Club Golf Course, Quechee Inn, Shepard’s Pie on the Green, Sherpani, South Woodstock Country Store, Stella’s Restaurant, The Common Man, The Prince & The Pauper, TomTom, and Woodstock Inn and Resort. THANK YOU ALL.
We also would like to thank the following individuals who made personal donations to the banquet: Peter Harding, Veronica Delay, Ray Obar, Seth Dunn, Ron Rhodes, and Howard Trachtenberg.
2009 marks the 40th Anniversary of our Chapter and the 50th Anniversary of Trout Unlimited. To celebrate this milestone, our Chapter held a fundraising banquet on Sunday, April 19th, from 4-9pm at the historic Hotel Coolidge in downtown White River Junction, Vermont. Originally anticipating 80 attendees, the event was filled to capacity and completely sold out at 120. The cozy ambience of the historic setting, hotelier David Briggs’ professional and courteous Coolidge staff, and delicious comfort food served home-style, were the perfect backdrop for our first large social gathering in a decade. The night only improved under the spell of well known public media personality and raconteur, Willem Lange, who graciously donated his time to the cause and delivered a masterpiece of self-deprecation that had the crowd in stitches.
Prior to dinner, guests from around New England had a chance to mingle, enjoy a cocktail, and catch up–the smiles and laughter growing as fast as the size of the fish. The Banquet Committee and some other dedicated Chapter members worked diligently to see that the banquet ran smoothly, and to provide attendees with a superb selection of door, raffle, and auction items for guests to ogle and take home after a little luck and friendly competition. Among the rods, reels, artwork, gift certificates, clothing, etc., there was an 8-foot table filled almost exclusively with donated fly boxes filled with flies tied (mostly) by chapter members! Grace Moore, daughter of Chapter Prez, Chris Moore, worked from 11am to 9pm to help set up and then draw the winning raffle tickets before handing over duties to our excellent and daring live auctioneer and former Chapter President, Brad Yoder, who awarded SEVEN guided fishing trips and TWO rod/reel/line combos to winning bidders. The Special Raffle Northern Stage Season Pass and Grand Raffle Dave Kenney Bamboo Fly Rod (ticket #001 was the winner) were awarded following the live auction and signaled the end of a magnificent evening.
By all accounts, everyone in attendance had a splendid time–in addition to numerous comments received and overheard, Chapter Prez Chris Moore received not less than 6 phone calls from banquet goers who expressed their enjoyment and support for a repeat performance. It was indeed a wonderful opportunity for members and their guests to make new connections and enhance existing ones, win some fabulous items, and show moral and financial support for the Chapter volunteers and their shared mission. The results of the Banquet are astonishing: in addition to selling out, gross receipts totaled over $11,000 and after all the costs are calculated, the expected net for the Chapter will be approximately $8,500. Given the current economy, these numbers are truly fantastic.
The Chapter wishes to express its deep and sincere thanks to Willem Lange, Brad Yoder, David Briggs and staff, Hanover Outdoors, the Banquet Committee and other Chapter Volunteers, and to the many, many donors without whom the banquet could not have been organized. But it takes two to tango as the saying goes, so we we would also like to thank all of the attendees at this year’s Banquet for coming out and being the best partners the Chapter could hope for. Thank you!
And, finally, as noted in the banquet program, we need to thank the hundreds of VOLUNTEER Chapter Members who, over the last 40 years, have recognized, and taken action to protect, the inherent value—recreational, educational, aesthetic, economic, and ecological—of clean running water and the cold water fisheries that depend on them. You have set the bar high, and inspired the current membership to carry the mission forward for the next 40 years!
See below a partial list of items and door prizes generously donated by members of YOUR community who support our cause. We encourage you to support theirs.
Grand Prize Raffle:Dave Kenney Bamboo Fly Rod
Special Raffle: Northern Stage opening week Season Pass.
Blitz Raffle: TomTom 730 GPS unit from Tele Atlas.
Orvis Superfine rod/reel/line combo
LL Bean rod/reel/line combo
Vtrout Outfitters: Guided Trip in the Northeast Kingdom
Meccawe Trout Club Guided Fishing for 3 at the Club
TNT Guides: Guided Trip on the Androscoggin
Doug Lyons: Guided Trip on the Battenkill
Blue Ridge Outfitter: Guided Trip in Central Vermont
Green Mountain Troutfitters: Guided Trip on the Lamoile and Winooski
FOR WOMEN ONLY: Otter Creek Anglers Guided Trip in Central Vermont. From the winning bid of $400 the Chapter will be donating a 50% match, or $200, to our partner, Casting For Recovery.
Door Prizes, Silent Auctions and Bucket Raffles:
Blue Ridge Outfitter
Chris Moore & Anna Adachi-Mejia
CO-OP Food Store
Curves of Lebanon
Dartmouth Hopkins Center
Green Mountain Troutfitters
Hartland Granola Company
Henderson’s Ski and Snowboard
Hotel Coolidge-David Briggs
Hubert’s Family Outfitters
Kedron Valley Inn
King Arthur Flour
Locust Creek Outfitters
Meccawe Trout Club & Loye Miller
Morell Fly Boxes
Meunier’s Towing Auto Sales & Service
Opechee Trading Post
Otter Creek Anglers
Paradise Sport Shop
Parker House Inn
Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms
River Valley Club
South Woodstock Country Store
Stone River Outfitters
Systems Plus Computers
Tami’s Head Lines
The Car Store
The Orvis Company
Thistle Hill Publications
Trout Unlimited National
University Press of New England
Upper Valley Aquatic Center
Upper Valley Lanes & Games
Vermont Fly Box Company
Windsor Wines & Spirits
Thank you to any contributors not named here!