Annual Dinner Recap, March 21, 2018

Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life: and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
— Thomas Jefferson

Once a year we get together for an evening dinner that never disappoints. On Wednesday, members gathered, along with friends from SOS Villages and Camp Manitowish YMCA. We began the night speaking of purpose and the how camaraderie among outdoor enthusiasts in our industry is important and rewarding alike. Along our way, the JSS has embraced a charitable cause that has exceeded all expectations when we committed to sending kids to Camp Manitowish in 2011. At the dinner, Camp Manitowish representatives, Jeff Pereles, Development Director, and Ben Armstrong, Emeritus Board Member spoke of the impact the camp has had on the kids that have attended. They read youngster’s thank you notes and ‘letters from camp’, in which they reflected on the opportunity the camp and the experience the outdoors provided. Ben spoke of our co-founding member, Chris Bacigalupo, and why we dedicated this cause in his name. Amy Kazmarek spoke of the mission of SOS and how it is important to keep siblings together in foster family professional care. 

Due to the generosity of many throughout the year, particularly on this evening, and the now close relationship between SOS and Camp Manitowish, sixteen foster children will be attending camp this summer! Of the sixteen campers, nine of the children are returning campers, which is unprecedented. We hope all sixteen campers will continue to develop their leadership skills and one day return to Manitowish as camp counselors. JSS is proud to have sent or facilitated thirty-seven foster children to this wonderful camp over the years. Additionally, 17 members children have also attended!

We would like to recognize all those that contributed through gift or participation on Wednesday evening. Between the silent auction, Weatherby raffle, and unique talent of our very own auctioneer, Dave Mayo, over $6,200 dollars were raised in Wednesday evening alone! This event, combined with our events through the year and major cash contributors, is an effort of which all members should be proud. 

We also would like to note that we announced the new officers that had been elected by members. The new VP of Illinois is Perry DiGirolamo and the National Social Media Chairperson is Hayley Cameron. On Wednesday evening, we also addressed and expressed a new goal for the coming year: connectivity. We have truly fulfilled our role in the mission of JSS, but have not been successful in our connection to current and, importantly, new members. We are confident that the additional leaders and an invigorated membership will lead the Jefferson Sportsman Society to again break expectations. 

The JSS

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Camp Manitowish Dinner: March 5th, 2016

Winners

Browning Model 12 Pump 20 Gauge
$2,520
Gloria Hudoba

John Gewerth Hand Carved Mallard Duck Decoy
$275
John Acott

James Tingey Wood Duck Print
$275
Dave Mayo

Antique Bronze Pheasants, Arnie and Jan Bacigalupo
$1,600
Danny Romano via Katia Budinski!!

Anonymous
$2,000
Camp Manitowish Camper

Fully Stocked Wine Fridge
$325
Katie McDermott

Dom Perignon, 3 bottles
$225
T. Supancic / Karen

Bone Collector Damascus Blade Knife w Bone Handle
$150
John Hudoba

Bolingbrook GC Golf & $300 G.C.
$180
B. Collins, B. Hadley, P. DiGirolamo

Bolingbrook GC $500 G.C. for food/bev
$175
B. Collins, B. Hadley, P. DiGirolamo

P.J. Belle Epoche 3L
$200
Michael Barranco

2016 JSS Dinner Recap

One can always expect an interesting evening with members and guests at the annual JSS dinner. This one, again, exceeded expectations and is one for memories. The evening, and fundraising leading up to the event, raised a whopping $11,000!! That is enough to send 5 children to Camp Manitowish. One member’s child has been drawn with 3 remaining. Those 3 will be for Foster Children from SOS villages. 

That leaves one more child, name to be drawn. Below in summary are the donations and winners of the key live and silent auction items:

We have to thank all those who attended the evening and especially those that donated items for the evening and all events throughout the year. Through the tradition of an annual dinner, members of the JSS have now raised funds to send over 10 Foster children to camp as well as twice that amount for member drawings. A lot of memories for those kids. We would also like to recognize the officers for their tireless efforts – and one’s auctioneering skills!

Please contact all industry friends and colleagues to take interest in the Jefferson Sportsman Society has a Member or as an Associate. Lets inspire others to be in the outdoors and support children to Camp Manitowish!