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Fort Wayne to Welcome The First Lady... of Hunting

NWTF National Spokesperson, Brenda Valentine, will attend the Three Rivers Chapter Banquet in Fort Wayne, Ind., Jan. 29, 2011.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Brenda Valentine's outdoor journey began in Tennessee and has taken her to the plains of Africa, the glaciers of Alaska and many places in between. Her exploits along the way earned her the title, The First Lady of Hunting.

On Jan. 29, she'll be in Fort Wayne at the National Wild Turkey Federation's Three Rivers Chapter Banquet and tickets are going fast! Banquet doors open at 5 p.m. at Ceruti's Summit Park II, located at 6601 Innovation Blvd. The event will feature door prizes, raffles, and live and silent auctions for guns, hunting trips, wildlife art and more.

There will be a special, sponsors-only meet and greet with Valentine at 4 p.m.

The dollars raised throughout the evening are directly contributed to the NWTF's Hunting Heritage Super Fund, the lifeblood of the NWTF's mission. The Super Fund is used to fund conservation projects and outreach events nationwide and is dependent on successful local fundraisers like the one coming up in Fort Wayne.

Tickets cost $50 for adults, $70 for couples and $285 for sponsors. Adult ticket prices include dinner, entry into all door prize drawings, an NWTF membership and a one-year subscription to Turkey Country magazine.

As an NWTF National Spokesperson, host of "Turkey Call" on the Pursuit Channel and co-host of Bass Pro Shops' "Real Hunting TV" on the Versus network, Valentine travels the country proclaiming her love for the outdoors and support of the NWTF.

"The best part about being an NWTF member is that the Federation has something for everyone. Male or female, young or old, it's rewarding to be a steward of North America's wildlife and habitat and that's what the NWTF is all about," said Valentine. "Everyone who attends the Three Rivers Chapter Banquet is in for a great time. The volunteers and staff at the NWTF work hard to ensure that men, women and youth not only have a blast at events nationwide, but also understand that the money raised at NWTF banquets leaves a lasting impression on the NWTF's conservation efforts."

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its volunteers have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, raised and spent more than $331 million, and conserved nearly 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

The NWTF also works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through special outdoor education events and its Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) and Xtreme JAKES outreach programs.

For more information about the Three Rivers Chapter Banquet or to order tickets, contact Adam Atherton at (260) 415-5206 or




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