March Madness isn’t just for basketball. The overwhelming success of the USA’s conservation dinners last month ranks right up there with “madness” and has set the tone for what we hope to be another record-breaking year for the USA’s young dinner program.
The USA’s conservation dinners are building blocks to its Work Boots on the Ground conservation projects because a portion of the money raised at each dinner is designated for a local conservation project to benefit the community. In 2015, our dinners raised more than one million dollars, and we had nearly 4,200 attendees.
Kicking off the month of March, the USA’s 4th Annual Illinois Conservation Dinner held its largest event to date on March 7th with 293 paid attendees and raised $96,000.
Five days later in Iowa, the USA’s 2nd Annual Des Moines Area Conservation Dinner set a new record for all USA conservation dinners since the program’s inception with an astonishing 663 paid attendees. They raised an impressive $149,000.
Capping off the excitement, the 442 paid attendees at the USA’s 4th Annual Ohio State Conservation Dinner on March 18th raised more than $93,000.
We are so grateful to the many union leaders and members who dedicated so much of their time and effort to help make these events such a tremendous success year after year. Thank you!
If you haven’t participated in a USA conservation dinner or shoot yet, don’t miss out. Check out the USA’s 2016 event schedule and find an event near you. We look forward to seeing you.