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Busch Family Foundation, Wild Game Dinner 2022

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A flag flies over the crowd!

Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

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Navy Seals Museum- Ken Corona, Grant Mann and Glenn Cooper

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Ass't Police Chief Rich Del Toro, Will Armstead and Wes Davis

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Mike Dahan, Bud Holmes, Ft. Pierce City Commissioners Tom Perona and Jeremiah Johnson and Jim Purnell

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The Blue Angels Motorcycle Club and the West Palm Marines

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Todd Peters and Sean Binner

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Swamp Cabbage- William Hair and Cory Paul

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Always a patriotic welcome

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Congressman Brian Mast, David Rowlands and William Collado

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Daniel Papleo, Mike Durkee and Brion Yancy

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Paul Trabulsy, Scott Holmes and Michael Trabulsy

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Walk under the massive American Flag that drapes the sky and welcomes you in, and you know you've entered the Busch Family Foundation's Wild Game Dinner!

On the expansive acreage of the St. Lucie Fairgrounds, men have gathered for the past 11 years for an evening of rocking live music, provided this year by Nashville recording artist Randy McNeely, a rousing live auction of outdoor gear, rifles, and more, conducted by Indian River County Property Appraiser Wes Davis, and free-flowing top-shelf liquor, ice-cold beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Perhaps the biggest lure for the hundreds of gentlemen in attendance each year is the hunger for male bonding, camaraderie, and the taste of the freshly cooked wild game. Buffalo chili, frog legs, venison, jambalaya, swamp cabbage, and many other tasty treats provide a comprehensive menu of flavors.

Kicking off this year's ceremony, members of West Palm Beach Marines presented the colors. A helicopter flew overhead, waving the Flag. The Blue Angels Motorcycle Club rode that Flag into the crowd, and

Mike Durkee, Executive Director of the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, gave a special presentation of gratitude that kept the crowd on their toes.

The Busch Family Foundation has proudly raised and donated over $1,000,000 since the inception of the Wild Game Dinner.

The most recent grant recipients include the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie, the Navy Seal Museum, and the St. Lucie County 100 Club.

"The past 11 years of the Wild Game Dinner would not be possible without all of our dedicated volunteers, loyal sponsors, and hard-working committee members," said Foundation President Philip A. Busch. "We are extremely grateful to all, including everyone who attends. The funds raised have been able to help countless children, veterans, and families struggling with economic hardship, illness, and other life challenges. Thank you for 11 successful years! We look forward to bringing everyone together again for the Busch Family Rodeo on April 22, 2023."

For more information and upcoming events, please visit BuschFF.org

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