Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation hosts annual dinner

Nathan Liewicki
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Funds raised for wildlife restoration and conservation

Wildlife lovers from across the Moose Jaw region came out in full force to the Heritage Inn Saturday evening.

A truck-shaped piggy bank with a Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) logo sits as a silent auction item at the Heritage Inn. The SWF held their 21st annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction Saturday with a goal of raising $20,000 to help fund some of their programs. 

The Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation (MJWF) was hosting its 21st annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction and an estimated 230 guests were in attendance.

Wayne Pineau, president of the MJWF and chair of the fundraising committee, said he believed the majority of those at the dinner have some attachment to the great outdoors – fisherman, hunters, photographers and more.

“I think they must like what we are doing and have done in years past, and want to keep supporting us,” Pineau told the Times-Herald about Saturday’s turnout.

Frank Reynolds is one of the attendees Pineau alluded to.

Reynolds has been coming to the dinner every year since 1996. A self-described big game hunter, Reynolds said it’s important for people to support the MJWF.

“The projects the federation funds are important, especially for children,” said Reynolds. “Even if you aren’t a big wildlife lover, the money that’s been raised at this event helps educate the younger generations.”

Pineau agreed with Reynolds, although he stated the MJWF is continuing to explore ways to get students more involved.

One of the programs students have an opportunity to witness part of is linked with a ministry of education research project involving the eggs of walleye.

“We've got a Fins Program, where we have fish eggs in a school and kids watch them hatch,” said Pineau. “We raise pheasant eggs – we also have that in a class – where kids can watch the pheasant chicks hatch, and we've got a farm we take them to so they can grown until the fall, when we release them out into the wild.”

Pineau estimated the money raised – courtesy things such as ticket sales, a dart game and silent and live auctions – would be around $20,000.

“That’s what we seem to hit year after year,” said Pineau. “It wasn’t like that years ago, but it has increased as the years have gone by.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Moose Jaw Wildlife Federation, Times-Herald

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