Plinko and Potatoes: Pennsylvania’s First Women for Wildlife Banquet
By Suzanne Downing
Pennsylvania’s very first Women for Wildlife banquet went off without a hitch—yielding over $9,800 for wildlife conservation.
This fun-filled event hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter, held on October 28 at the Cross Creek Resort in Titusville, brought 65 women together to raise money for RMEF—specifically through banquet tickets, raffles and live auctions. This ladies-only banquet gave attendees a chance to enjoy an evening out for a great cause—supporting wildlife conservation.
The night had a denim and diamond theme and kicked off with a delightful dinner on glistening tables. The women enjoyed stuffed chicken breast, roasted potatoes, green bean almondine and rolls.
Following dinner, guest speaker Avery Corondi, elk biologist aid for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, shared stories about her wildlife work alongside elk biologist Jeremy Banfield.
“Having a young woman like Avery from the Game Commission talk about her work in a field that is mainly made up of men was great, and some of the funny stories she shared were hilarious,” says LuAnn Price, Western Pennsylvania Chapter co-chair. “Avery loves her work with the elk in Pennsylvania and she won a necklace and earring set of sterling silver elk antlers and was so excited about it.”
Then some of the ladies tried their hand at Plinko—a homemade peg board version of the popular pricing game that made its debut on the Price is Right in 1983. The Plinko game is a vertical board with pegs and discs that drop into the sectioned out portions on the bottom, explains Tammy Mowry, Western Pennsylvania Chapter co-chair.
“The women could buy one or three drops of the discs,” says Mowry. “Where their disc ended up at the bottom of the board denoted how many tickets they got toward a prize.”
Another banquet highlight for Mowry was raffling off over 100 gift baskets.
The gift baskets were filled with a variety of donated items like bottles of wine, scented candles, purses, hunting items and baking accessories. The committee put together a handful of the gift baskets with donated items from local businesses, but the majority of baskets came directly from banquet attendees, generously donated for the raffle.
At the end of the night, the ladies enjoyed sweets like apple pie and cinnamon ice cream for dessert. Some ladies left with jewelry, guns and baskets of candles. One lucky lady left with a lime green Sun Dolphin Aruba 10-foot kayak and another with an outdoor fire pit, camp chairs and s’mores.
The banquet was a lot of fun and a huge success. Plans are already in the works for next year’s Pennsylvania Women for Wildlife banquet.
To help fund or attend an upcoming Women for Wildlife event near you, visit http://www.rmef.org/Events/StateChapterEvents.aspx.