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The John M. Keener Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will hold its 29th Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at the East Side Club, 3735 Monona Drive, Monona, Wisconsin, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

As is the custom at this event, the evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectable’s

According to Robin Marohn, membership and dinner tickets are $50; Couple dinner ticket $75, and $20 for youngsters under age 16 — the latter including a one year RGS membership. Banquet, Conservation and Sustaining sponsorship packages are also available at $250, $500 and $1,000 respectively.

And, continuing in the spirit of the outdoors, youngsters under the age of 16 who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program, and can verify same, will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult

As with all RGS fundraisers, proceeds from this event will be used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat.

For more information and/or tickets contact Marohn at (608) 212-8877.

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is the one international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to promoting conditions suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and related wildlife to sustain our sport hunting tradition and outdoor heritage.

Information on the RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.