Macon County Chronicle

NWTF to Host Disaster Relief Fundaiser April 6

Disaster Relief FundraiserChapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) from across the state of Tennessee, are banding together in an effort to raise funds for disaster relief in Macon, Trousdale and Allen counties by hosting a benefit dinner and auction at Macon County Junior High School in Lafayette on Sunday, April 6.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the event will include a meal catered by Famous Dave’s barbecue, a live auction, a silent auction and several games. A variety of valuable and one-of-a-kind items will be auctioned off at the benefit including wildlife prints, sculptures, NWTF merchandise and hunting gear, and members of the NWTF are also hoping to auction off a Gibson guitar, worth $1,800, autographed by several well-known members of the hunting community and country music stars.

The NWTF has hosted an annual March fundraising event in the past to benefit the organization, but after tornados swept through Middle Tennessee on February 5, decided to postpone their own fundraiser until August in order to raise money for local tornado victims.

“The NWTF has had a presence in Macon County for the last six years,” said NWTF Middle Tennessee Regional Director Charlie Tollett. “We usually have a fundraising event that benefits our organization but instead of raising money for Wild Turkey we wanted to help out the local community and raise money for disaster relief. We just didn’t feel right coming to town to raise money for Wild Turkey when there are people hurting and in need so we postponed our event until August so we could leave the money we raise with the local community to help with the rebuilding process.”

Hoping to raise around $20,000 in donations and auctioned items at the tornado disaster benefit, Macon County Chapter President Mark Darnell said 100 percent of the money raised will be circulated in Macon, Trousdale and Allen Counties.

“NWTF chapters from around the state wanted to help in Macon County,” Darnell said. “Most people, when you think about hunters, don’t necessarily think about what kind of people they are and what they’re made of. Our organization is made up of down to earth, salt of the earth, type people. There’s also a lot of people who weren’t hit by the tornado that want to help or give back the community. NWTF, aside from everything we do, wants to help out in tangible way, and we want to do something special to raise money for our areas.”

Darnell said he’s hoping that those people who are looking for a way to help support disaster relief efforts will attend the benefit.
“Some people may not be able to come to Macon County to clear away blocks or rake lots but they can donate auction items or bid on an item at our auction knowing that their money will be spent on people in the area. This is just one way for a large organization like NWTF to try to help our neighbors, out brothers and sisters or other NWTF members, hunters or conservationists.”

The benefit is expected to end around 7 p.m. and although no there will be no entrance fee, donations for disaster relief are welcomed.
For more information on the NWTF tornado disaster benefit contact Charlie Tollett at 931-707-0043 or Mark Darnell at 615-633-8767.