2019 Banquet

Win guns, hunting and fishing equipment, outdoor gear, gift cards and more. A great night of food and fun for area sportsmen and women, and conservation-minded families.

View the Banquet Flyer View the Banquet Press Release


– Advance ticket purchase required for food planning. –

Banquet Schedule:

5:30 P.M.- Social Hour with Hors D’oeuvres & appetizers, Silent Auction, and Raffles Open
7:00 P.M.- Dinner w/ Guest Speaker Dr. Benjamin C. Jones, President & CEO, Ruffed Grouse Society
After Dinner – Live Auction* and Raffle Drawings

*Auctioneer service donated by, Roan Inc., Williamsport, Pa. – Ron Roan, Donor


Dr. Benjamin C. Jones, President & CEO
Ruffed Grouse Society
We’re pleased to announce RGS President & CEO Dr. Benjamin C. Jones will be the featured speaker for this year’s banquet. A native of Mansfield, Pa., Ben took over leadership of the RGS national organization in June 2018. Prior to that, he had served as Habitat Division Chief for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Please join us to hear Ben discuss some of the initiatives taking place in our region of Pennsylvania, and the direction the national organization will be headed in the future.

Special Guests:

Dr. Linda Ordiway, Wildlife Biologist
Ruffed Grouse Society


This banquet is for ALL sportsmen, women, and families who care about conservation.

Ruffed Grouse Society membership is not required to attend the banquet. All sportsmen are welcome as well as anyone interested in supporting healthy forests in Northcentral Pennsylvania by attending this fundraiser.

The dinner ticket will include hors-d’oeuvres, display appetizers, multiple entree and side options, dessert and a chance to win the evening’s door prize drawing. Special youth ticket pricing available. Youth will be entered to win the youth door prize.

Funds raised at this banquet will create much needed young forest habitat on public lands in our region. The scope of our habitat work directly benefits deer, bear, turkey, grouse, woodcock, rabbit, and countless other game and non-game species of wildlife.

Banquet Tickets:

(RGS/AWS Membership is not required to attend.)

Dinner includes hors-d’oeuvres, appetizer displays, multi-entree dinner, dessert, and coffee.^*

ADULTS: ^All adult attendees also receive one complimentary drink ticket and door prize chance.
Single Dinner Ticket – $40
Single Dinner Ticket w/ 1-Year RGS/AWS Membership (& magazine) – $70
Two Dinner Tickets w/ one 1-Year RGS/AWS Membership (& magazine) – $105

YOUTH: * Every youth attendee will be entered into the youth door prize raffle.
Youth Dinner Ticket, Age 10 and Under – $15
Youth Dinner Ticket, Age 11 – 17 – $25
Junior Membership Ticket, Dinner & 1-Year RGS/AWS Membership – $35 (17 & Under)

Banquet Sponsorship:

All banquet sponsors are included in the banquet program, on the Susquehanna River Valley website, announced at the banquet and listed on the multi-media screens during the social hour.

Non-Attending Banquet Sponsor – $250

Banquet Sponsor – $295
2 Memberships & 2 Dinner Tickets, 1 sponsor gun drawing chance for drawing at the banquet*
Conservation Sponsor – $550
4 Memberships & 4 Dinner Tickets, 2 sponsor gun drawing chances for drawing at the banquet*
Sustaining Sponsor – $1000
8 Memberships & 8 Dinner Tickets, 4 sponsor gun drawing chances for drawing at the banquet*
Gold Sponsor – $2500
8 Memberships & 8 Dinner Tickets, 4 sponsor gun drawing chances for drawing at the banquet*, a CZ Sharptail side by side 20 gauge shotgun (no raffle, it’s yours!)

*For every 10 sponsorship drawing chances fulfilled, one fine grade shotgun will be raffled off to a sponsor the night of the banquet!

The raffles and silent auctions will contain most of the guns, hunting, fishing, and outdoor equipment.

Live Auction Items: (with more to come)

Lake Ontario Salmon & Trout Sportfishing Charter:

Enjoy an 8 hour charter with Captain Joe Oakes of Salmonboy Charters, fishing from his 24′, twin outboard, big water boat. Fish for Atlantic and Coho salmon, as well as Lake, Brown, Rainbow and Steelhead trout. The winning bidder has the option to double the winning bid price and bring two additional people, 4 total. NYS fishing license required. Date of the charter must be mutually agreed upon by Captain Joe and used by the end of September 2019. 2019 charters start out of Wilson, NY (near Niagra Falls!) and the port location moves east (with the fish) as the year goes on.

1-Month of Pointing Dog Training – Shady Hills Kennel, Prattsburgh, NY, Donor

One month of pointing dog training and boarding at with professional trainers, brothers Marc, and Scott Forman. Hundreds of wins, countless championships under their belts, the Forman’s have a complete training program for puppies to seasoned veteran dogs, regardless of where your pointing dog is at, the Forman’s will be able to improve your pup! Dozens of training acres at the kennel with various species of training birds and thousands of nearby acres with wild birds available, their 1-2 training punch at training is seldom matched by other professional outfits. This is the third year Marc and Scott have donated this service to auction at the banquet and it has become a highlight!

Lake Erie Walleye and Perch Charter – Seth Heasley, Chapter President, Donor

Enjoy an 8 hour charter for up to 3 adults with Tight Lines Sport Fishing LLC. 2019 is predicted to be a banner for walleye in the top walleye producing water in North America, Lake Erie!  All tackle required is provided. Walleye of 10 pounds are a real possibility, as is the possibility of catching your limit of walleye (6) and yellow perch (30). Their 21′ Bayliner is set up for all types of fishing, from jigging to downrigging and plannerboard trolling. Port location – Erie, PA.

Out and About by  Kim Diment 

Framed, fine art featuring an American woodcock hen and her spring chicks. Out and About is the RGS/AWS Print of the Year for 2019, each print numbered and limited.


Orvis 5-Weight Flyrod and Reel –  Orvis, Sunderland, VT, Donor

Built for the hardcore angler. A 9-foot, 5-weight, 4-piece rod paired with a smooth, large arbor Encounter reel, weight-forward floating line, backing, and leader all included.


Brantwood Lodge Package – Brantwood Lodge, Price County, WI

Northern Wisconsin’s Newest Deluxe Hunting Lodge is Located in the Heart of the Best Grouse Hunting in the United States. The new Brantwood Lodge is Located in Price County, Wisconsin, on 160 Acres and is Surrounded by 1000’s of Acres of Public Hunting Land. Price County, WI is the Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World. The Lodge Features WiFi, Cell Phone Coverage, Satellite TV, and Handicapped Hunts Available. Five Bedrooms With Two Queen Beds Each, and One Bedroom With a King Bed. Huge Common Area and Commercial Type Kitchen Where You Are Able To Prepare Your Own Meals. This Package Includes 3 Days of Deluxe Lodging For Two Hunters, and Hunting Access. The Option to Add All Meals For an Additional Cost is Also Open, or Hunters Have Full Use of the Lodge Kitchen. Package is based on availability.

Banquet Sponsors:


Nicholas W. DiCuccio, M.D  

Tom Rall
Rural Run Kennels
Mike & Judy Sauers

2018 Banquet Donors

Roan Inc., Cogan Station, PA
Bluestone Brewery, Waverly, PA
Le Jeune Chef, Williamsport, PA
Ski Sawmill Resort, Morris, PA
Wegman’s, Williamsport, PA
Loyalsock Creek Men’s Club
Tractor Supply Co., Muncy, PA
PA Lumber Museum, Galeton, PA
Slate Run Tackle Shop, Slate Run, PA
Williamsport (PA) West Vet Hospital
Weis Markets, Sunbury, PA
Bearded Toms Turkey Calls, State College, PA
Rock Mtn. Sporting Clays, Meshoppen, PA
Eagles Mere Country Club, Eagles Mere, PA
Salmonboy Sportfishing, Niagra Co., NY
National Sporting Goods, Jersey Shore, PA
Deep Roots Hard Ciders, Wyalusing, PA
Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays, Wellsboro, PA
Bird Dog Whiskey, Bowling Green, KY
Lion Country Supply, Port Matilda, PA
Giant, Williamsport, PA


Banquet Tickets and Event Sponsorship are available for online purchase here: http://www.uplandstore.org/category-s/113.htm

Tickets can also be purchased by contacting ticket chairman Jeff Fetzer at (570) 885-6112 or jfetz.jf@gmail.com – Tickets can be purchased over the phone with a credit card or by mailing a check and registration form to: Jeff Fetzer, 941 Route Road, Liberty, PA 16930.