The annual event benefits the student chapter of the Wildlife Society.
Dr. Carol Bocetti and Cal U student William Zyhowski prepare to serve at last year’s wild game dinner.
Cal U’s student chapter of the Wildlife Society will host its 23rd annual Outdoor Bash Wild Game Dinner at 6 p.m. March 28 at the Richeyville (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Department. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The chapter, in cooperation with Local No. 1 of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will offer a variety of game dishes. Outdoor gear, artwork and free passes to many wildlife-related activities will be raffled off and awarded as door prizes.
Cost is $25; tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Proceeds support student attendance at educational conferences.
All the food is donated from hunters, trappers and businesses.
“While this is our signature fundraiser, the outdoor bash is really a celebration of our hard work, partnerships and making the most out of our year-round networking opportunities,” said senior Kirstin Palumbo, president of Cal U’s chapter of the Wildlife Society.
Over spring break, Cal U Wildlife Society students will travel to Florida, where they will get alligator and wild hog meat from senior wildlife ecologist and consultant Alan Alshouse.
He and Tony Young, media relations coordinator in the Division of Hunting and Game Management at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, also teach Cal U students about field techniques and firearms safety.
At this year’s outdoor bash, Young will receive the eighth annual Joseph V. Stefko Outstanding Wildlife Mentor Award. Stefko is a retired wildlife education supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission who started working with Cal U interns in 2000.