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2010 Disabled Hunter Banquet by Gary Wessner

One exciting night in Lenhartsville Pa!  On March 27, 2010 we had 306 people attend the Ninth annual Disabled Hunter Banquet at C.J. Hummel's in Lenhartsville , this place has  hosted the Banquet since the very first one and has been a sell out the last five years .
As in the past we had some new people attend and a lot of old friends return .This is always a great event and offers a lot of people a night out to see friends and catch up on stories from the past year , the great thing is these people have an opportunity to help us with our financial needs to help the disabled hunters . With all the raffles such as the Sportsman's, Ladies' , and Gun raffle , the Bow square and 50/50 drawing Silent Auction and Live Auction there were a lot of opportunities for people to offer support and that they did ! Thank you to all who attended ! Last year 2009, we sent four hunters on trips , one to Ohio, two to Kentucky and one to North Carolina . We also made Donations to Hunt of a Lifetime and too Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America . One of the highlights of the night was everyone getting to meet Johnny Lawrence from Latrobe Pa. Johnny was injured in a severe auto accident where he was a passenger and it left him in a coma for a long time and wheel chair bound . The entire Lawrence family attended as guest's his Father, Mother and two sisters, when everyone watched the video presentation about Johnny there were a lot of damp eyes in the crowd including his one sister who was hugging him !
We presented Johnny with a Deer hunt for this fall at Misty Mountain Trophy Hunting that his parents will attend with him , also Flicker's Taxidermy will donate a mount for him .
His parents expressed a very sincere thank you for what this program has done for there son in this trying time in his life and the motivational level it has given him . Thank you to Fran Devlin and Chris Corrado who presented the DHP with another check from the Souderton - Harleysville Game,Fish and Forestry Assoc. This is a great club located in the Quakertown area check them out some time ! The big flurry of excitement came at the end of the night when our auctioneer Jamie Lovins decided to try selling a Mathews bow using the last man standing approach, this one endeavor was a success beyond anything we could imagine. When it appeared the last two people who were still standing were not going to stop bidding we stopped them at about $1400.00 each for a $870.00 bow and gave them both a bow! Talk about supporting the program our hat goes off to them ! This one deal alone will allow us to send three more hunters this year with a goal now at six hunters for the year plus our usual donations !

Thank You to all the committee members who help with this program and to all the people and businesses who support it ! See you next year!

Gary Wessner
Chairman DHP

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2009 Disabled Hunter Banquet Report
by Gary Wessner, DHP Chairman
July 2009

April 4, 2009 saw a lot of old friends and some new found friends gather in Lenhartsville PA for the annual Disabled Hunter Banquet. This was the eighth year for the banquet, but even with all the challenges the DHP faced this past year, we had a very successful night with 304 tickets sold - it was a full house! Everyone was kept busy with buying raffle tickets and visiting with old friends. As the night moved along I gave a brief report on last yearís DHP hunts, which sent three hunters to Buffalo Creek Guide Service in North Carolina for a successful hunt. We also made donations to Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America and Hunt of a Lifetime. This year we had some special guests attending, the Scanlon family from Latrobe, PA. They were to be with us at the last banquet, but their son Chad was in the hospital at the time. Chad was a recipient of a DHP hunt in 2006, but unfortunately lost his battle with cancer in 2007. This family holds a special spot in our hearts, so we presented them with a check for $500 to match a $500 donation the Chad Scanlon Memorial Fund is going to make to H.O.A.L. for another young person from PA. Fran Devlin and Chris Corrado presented a $500 check to the DHP from the Souderton - Harleysville Fish, Game & Forestry Association. Todd Gehringer did another fantastic job this year with all the video presentations he showed throughout the night. The monetary support we received from all the people who attended this year showed that they fully support our mission. We already have some hunts lined up for this year and our goal is to send at least six hunters. We would like to send more youths on hunts, and we are also looking for two school age youths with life-threatening illnesses for trips to Illinois and Wyoming. If anyone knows a child like this, please apply on our web site at www.ubpdhp.org. I would like to thank everyone and all the businesses who donated to this program and also the hard working committee members that helped make this banquet a success. We are already planning next yearís banquet and hope everyone can return for this fun evening. Please watch for future info. The DHP committee thanks everyone for their support!

Gary Wessner
Chairman
Disabled Hunter Program

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2007 DHP Committee Update
by Ernie Kramer, DHP Chairman
October 2007

As I write this PA bowhunters are enjoying the best of times. We have finally gotten 2 weeks to hunt antlerless deer in September in a few WMUs. With several years of antler restrictions there are more trophy buck running around the Pennís woods than ever. Plus we will be able to enjoy our second archery black bear season. As good as things are for PA bowhunters, I can report that the UBP Disabled Hunter Program is also prospering due to the hard work of some very dedicated committee members.

As this is being written we have already sent 2 hunters to Smokey Ridge Outfitters in KY. Three more hunters are on their way to Buffalo Creek Guide Service. And two more hunters are preparing for their hunt with Triangle Outfitters in OH. We also sponsored several hunters with a financial donation to the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America, Hunt of a Lifetime and Buckmasters Disabled Hunter Services.

Another exciting piece of information is that we have just launched the DHPís very own website! With the increased use of the internet it created a lot of work for UBP webmaster George Tague. So after much discussion it was agreed that it would be best for the UBP and the DHP if the DHP had its own website and webmaster. With that decision being made Todd Gehringer, the DHPís IT Manager agreed to accept the challenge and is now Chairman of the DHP IT Committee. Todd and his committee did an awesome job! Check it out at www.UBPDHP.org.

All of these accomplishments are because of the very successful banquet we had in April. We again set all records with another sellout crowd! As I write this the banquet committee has already started work on our 2008 banquet that will be held Saturday April 5th at Hummelís Restaurant in Lenhartsville. So mark your calendar and get your tickets early if you plan to attend.

As you can see the DHP is enjoying great success. Iíve said it many times before that I am blessed to have the best committee members anyone could ask for. With their dedication and your continued support we will continue to move forward. Nothing is more inspiring that talking to our hunt recipients. The challenges they face and take in stride just to enjoy the outdoors that we take for granted is amazing. With your support we are turning dreams into reality!

Ernie Kramer
Chairman
Disabled Hunter Program

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2007 DHP Committee Update
by Gary Wessner, DHP Vice Chairman
July 2007

I am very happy to announce that we held a very successful DHP Banquet which took place on April 21, 2007 at CJ Hummel's Restaurant in Lenhartsville, PA. The committee started meeting in November 2006 to prepare for this banquet, setting goals and working on raffle and auction items! Moving the date this year due to Easter gave us some concerns, but we had a great turn out! Over 300 people attended which helped us achieve record setting fund raising this year as in the past. It is great to see old friends come out every year and meet new ones, who all help to make this program the success that it is. One of the things people like is meeting some of the folks they have helped to get out and hunt due to their support. This year we had two hunt recipients attend the banquet, Victor Fauliker and Josh Hess, who both offered their sincere thanks and were excited to tell their stories! A young hunter by the name of Chad Scanlon, who we sent on a hunt in NC, was going to attend the banquet with his parents and sister, but became too ill. He is in Childrenís Hospital in Philadelphia and was remembered with prayers for his recovery during the invocation. I.T. manager Todd Gehringer put together a video devotion about Chad that was shown during the banquet. It was very emotional, leaving a lot of teary eyes! As expected, Todd put together another great video presentation of all our auction items that were shown throughout the event. This really helps in raising funds so we can send six hunters this year, and also make donations to HOAL, PCBA and Buckmasters Disabled Hunter Services. During the evening, UBP President Wes Waldron spoke about politics affecting game management, extended hunting hours and other related news. UBP V.P. Buck Appel presented the DHP with a contribution check for $500 from the Souderton-Harleysville Fish, Game and Forestry Association. This was very much appreciated. Thank You! I would like to say thank you to all the businesses that donate items to this program; we could not do it without you! Also, thank you to all the people who attend the banquet, we look forward to seeing you next year! Next year we will be back to the first Saturday in April. Watch PA Bowhunting for updates! I want to especially thank a dedicated group of volunteers that really enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of making this whole program work: Ernie Kramer, Carolyn Kramer, Brian Heffner, Todd Gehringer, Michelle Gehringer, David Firek, Jamie Lovins, Jr., Dave Bausch, Lee Kitson, Dawn Bryant, Luke Miller, Eddie Schlegel III, Jolene Schlegel, Betty Adam, Tim Racine, Marcy Racine, Brian Fidler, Cindy Fidler, Debbie Wessner, Briana Wessner, Dan Safranek and Tara Lane!

Thanks Everyone, have a great year!

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