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California Waterfowl fundraising events

12/20/14 -- California Waterfowl (CWA) supports and hosts a wide variety of events every month, such as banquets, camps, clean-ups, clinics, competitions, festivals, junior hunts, and shoots. You are encouraged to participate. Event flyers can be viewed or tickets can be purchased at the California Waterfowl website, and then by clicking on CWA Events Calendar.

Friday, January 16, 2015 – Gustine Dinner
Held at Al Goman Center - Schmidt Park, 745 Linden Avenue, Gustine, CA. Cocktails begin at 5:00 p.m. and Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. $65 per person, $100 per Couple, $35 per Life Member, $45 per Sprig and $650 Table Sponsorship available for eight. Contact Mike Azevedo at (209) 854-2507 or Tom Homen at (209) 606-7257 for more information.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – Gridley Banquet
Held at Gridley Fairgrounds - Farmers Hall in Gridley, CA. Cocktails will be held at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. $85 per Person, $125 per Couple, $60 per Sprig (17 and under), $60 per Life Member, $400 per Dinner Donor Pack and $1,850 per Gun Table Sponsor. Contact Jon Moss at (530) 682-2914 or Chadd Santerre at (916) 275-0983 for more information.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Willows Chapter Dinner
Held at St. Monica’s Parish Hall – 1129 West Wood Street, Willows CA. Cocktails will be held at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. $75 per person, $110 per Couple, $50 per Sprig, $375 per Gun Sponsor and $900 per Table Sponsor. Contact Bruce Billings at (530) 330-0209 for more information.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – Bakersfield Banquet
Held at Kern County Fairgrounds – 11425 South P Street, Bakersfield, CA. Cocktails beginning at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner at 7:30 p.m. $75 per person, $135 per Couple and $40 per Sprig. Table Sponsor Package is available for $1, 250 per table. Contact Jerrad Johnson at (661) 496-1356 or Jeff Kenney at (559) 349-8985for more information.

Friday, February 13, 2015 – America’s Freedom Fighter’s Banquet
Held at the McBean Pavilion – 65 McBean Park Dive, Lincoln, CA; open Bar Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and Dinner at 7:30 p.m. $60 per Person, $100 per Couple, $40 per Life Member, $40 per Sprig and $35 per Active Military. Table Sponsorship for eight is $700 or $1,250 Gun Table Sponsorship for eight. Contact Diane Ferrari at (916) 202-7272 for more information.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Gold Rush Valentine’s Banquet
Held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds – Placer Hall Building, 1273 High Street, Auburn, CA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. $65 per Person, $100 per Couple, $45 per Life Member, $40 per Sprig and $700 per Gold Rush Table Sponsor and $1,300 Platinum Gun Table Sponsor. Contact Mara Nursement at 530) 389-9112 or (916) 803-1205 for more information

Friday, February 20, 2015 – San Diego County Banquet
Held at Carlton Oaks Golf Course, 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee, CA. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. $65 per Person, $95 per Couple, $45 per Sprig and $40 per Life Member. Contact John Howard at (619) 440-8319 for more information.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Davis Aggies CWA Hunter Party
Held at City of Davis – Senior Center, 646 A Street, Davis CA. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and Dinner at 6:30 p.m. $40 per Person, $25 per Sprig, $500 per Table Sponsor and $1000 per Gun Table Sponsor. Contact Corey Mulhair at (408) 504-8241 or Justin Dowdle at (707) 975-1692 for more information.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - North Grasslands Dinner
Held at Turlock Fairgrounds, Building E, Turlock, CA. Cocktails at 4:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. $65 per Person, $110 per Couple, $40 per Sprig (age 12 to 17), and $40 per Life Member. Contact Fred Farris at (209) 564-1580 or Tom Homen at (209) 606-7257 for more information.

Friday, March 6, 2015 – Madera Dinner
Held at Madera County Fairgrounds – Hatfield Hall, 1850 W. Cleveland Avenue, Madera, CA. Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. $65 per Person, $100 per Couple, $45 per Sprig, $35 per Life Member, $300 per Dinner Sponsor, $600 per Gold Table Sponsor and $1200 per Gun Table Sponsor. Contact Scott Kovacevich at (559) 289-1695 or Len Cargill at (559) 718-3207 for more information.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 – Bishop Dinner
Held at Tri-Counties Fairgrounds, 1141 North Main Street, Bishop CA. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. $65 per Person, $105 per Couple, $50 per Sprig, $40 per Life Member or Spouse and $650 per Table Sponsor. Contact Joe Pecsi at (760) 872-0999 or (760) 784-0699 for more information.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Marin County Banquet
Held at Marin Catholic High School Gym, 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae, CA. Doors Open at 5:15 p.m. $90 per Person, $160 per Couple, $50 per Sprig and $1100 per Table Sponsor. Contact Lee Leardini at (415) 717-9447 for more information.

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