LARAMIE, WY– Around the state and the country, women are beginning to clean their rifles, pack their camo and get ready for the sixth annual Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt. Hunting spots are filled for the event, but community members are invited to join in the festivities at the dinner and live and silent auctions to be held Friday, October 12th at the Ranch at Ucross in Clearmont, Wyo.
Not only does attending the dinner support the hunt, it supports women and girls across the state. The dinner is the premier fundraiser for the Wyoming Women’s Foundation (WYWF), whose mission is improving self-sufficiency and opportunities for Wyoming’s women and girls.
WYWF Director, Rebekah Smith, says the event is unique in that it brings together diverse members of the state-wide community. “I look forward to the hunt dinner all year,” says Smith. “I get to see landowners, guides and hunters from Wyoming and beyond seated next to Wyoming statewide elected officials. It’s a great community event that raises funds for an important cause.”
This year’s notable guests expected to attend include Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jillian Balow; retired Wyoming Supreme Court Justice, Marilyn Kite; Democrat gubernatorial nominee, Mary Throne; Republican gubernatorial nominee, Mark Gordon; and more than 300 other Wyomingites coming together to celebrate hunting, women and conservation. Governor Mead will help kick off the weekend on Thursday night to welcome the hunters, landowners and guides. Congresswoman Liz Cheney is expected to join the hunters, guides and landowners on Saturday night for the hunt awards banquet dinner.
Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and auctions starting at 7:00 p.m. Past auction and raffle items have included hunting and leisure trips, outdoor gear and clothing, jewelry, art, optics and firearms. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org
About the Wyoming Women’s Foundation
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which granted out over $6 million to nonprofits across the state in 2016. The Women’s Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to organizations that help Wyoming women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has invested more than $880,000 into almost 100 organizations. Learn more at www.wywf.org.