Saturday March 2, 2019

The 2019 Detroit Area Steelheaders (DAS) Wild Game Dinner this past Saturday came off as has come to be expected ...A HUGE SUCCESS!!  Pretty much flawless from start to finish with no unexpected surprises like power outages or sound equipment failures to dampen the evening. It is the only fundraiser that the DAS does and it's success is very important to our mission of promoting and protecting the Great Lakes fisheries.

Our Main Sponsors really came thru as usual. The Country Smoke House served up a fantastic meal once again as comments from the crowd were nothing but great about all the items on the menu. The (2) Premium Meat Cooler Raffles they provided us with were stocked with a fantastic variety of meats. They were both met with enthusiasm and sold out quickly! Plenty of Thanks to Steve and Sue Francis and their Country Smoke House crew!

Michi-Gun provided a great selection for our (19) Gun Draws and those gun winners all went home very happy!  They also provided the 450 Bushmaster rifle that was paired up with the Ted Nugent Pork Slam Hunt as the Grand Prize in that first-ever raffle. A Big Thanks to Richard Barch and the Mich-Gun Staff for all their support!

Many thanks to John Lombardo of Lombardo's Taxidermy for the beautiful Wild Life display!

Thanks also to Capt. Joel Piatek of Fish Headz Charters for the Charter of Your Choice Raffle Prize anywhere from Saginaw Bay down to Lake Erie for 4 Anglers!

The (4) $1 and (1) $5 Table Raffles and the (7) 50/50 Raffles were tremendously successful and experienced their best ever ticket sales! Thanks to all of our Sponsors for allowing us to present the great selection of prizes! See the complete list of sponsors below.

A Big Round of Applause for Mark Williams and Jason Adam for their excellent jobs as MC and keeping the evening's dinner, raffles and drawings at a great pace and ensuring everyone was able to get home early. Thanks to Tracy Kallek for the great Sound set-up.

Many guests enjoyed the liquor tasting station provided by Iron Fish Distillery! A lot of very good compliments about a variety of their spirits came from many of the guests in attendance 

The entire evening wouldn't have been possible without the tremendous effort from our WGD Chairman Carl Ventimiglia and his wife Kellie for putting the whole thing together. Many, many Thanks to them! And of course, the rest of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the DAS ------ Bob Ksionzek (President), Tom Gorguze (Vice President), Dan Chisholm (Secretary), Rod Elnick (Treasurer), Ken Cione, Bob Feisel, Bob Jones (WGD Ticket Chairman), Anthony Lewis, Jon Martens, Bob Paradise, Blaise Pewinski (WGD Committee), Tom Thieda and Jim Zanke as well as volunteers Linda and Ray Banbury, Mary and Doug Karakas, Vicki Feisel, Mary Chisholm, Don Mikros and others who worked behind the scenes.

Our Raffle Prize Sponsors

Anglers Avenue                                     Jeanne Schabath

Alexandra Elnick                                   John Lomabardo 

Bechold & Sons                                     Mark & Sandra Williams

Blaise & Andrea Pewinski                   Michi-Gun

Blake's Orchard & Winery                   Munro Printing

Country Smoke House                        Northwoods Wholesale - Pinconning

Dick Shirk                                                P K Lures - Mike Vermeesch

Dreamweaver Lures                             R & R Sporting Goods - Almont

Fish Headz - Joel Piatek                      Roger Hinchcliff

Frank Amato Publications                 Shimano

Great Lakes Angler - Dave Eng         Silver Addiction Charters

Hydra-Fab                                               TraxTech

Jason & Jamie Adam                            Carl & Kellie Ventimiglia