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The Busch Family Foundation, Wild Game Dinner

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The 9th Annual Wild Game Dinner saw a full-house out at the sprawling Adam’s Ranch in Fort Pierce. Hosted by the Busch Family Foundation, formerly known as the Peter W. Busch Foundation, the fundraiser expects to yield a higher than average total.  With a total of over $470,000 raised and contributed to local charities in the past nine years, this year’s intake will put that number well over the half a million mark!

As a stag-only extravaganza, camaraderie, male-bonding, and a bit of ‘kicking up heels’ is the name of the game.   For the price of a ticket, the gents feasted on a wide variety of specialty meats and secret-recipe dishes, wet their whistles, soaked in the country-music vibes of the Randy McNeely Band, threw a few axes, and bid on hundreds of raffle and live auction items.

Congressman Brian Mast led the crowd in a toast to “God, country and family,” followed by a heartfelt Pledge of Allegiance en masse. 

President of the Busch Family Foundation and Southern Eagle Distributing, Philip Busch, recognized an outstanding member of both organizations, Tommy Padrick, who will soon retire.  Of his 36-year employee and friend, Busch said, “Tommy’s been an intricate part of this event and all of the events that we help sponsor.”  Padrick received a rousing round of applause for his efforts.

Thanks to sponsors Adam’s Ranch, Dobb’s Equip., Nature’s Keepers, Advantage, Bell, Earthmovers Equip., John Jacobs Construction, Land Corp. of Fl., Dyer Chevrolet, Everglades Equip., Croce Construction, Summit Construction and Sentanta Equip., and the dozens of others that stepped up, this event continues to draw more participants each year.

This past year alone, the Busch Family Foundation helped the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie and Martin Counties, Hope for the Homeless, the St. Lucie County Hundred Club, Operation 300, Honor Flight, the UDT Navy Seal Museum, The Lenny Schelin Foundation for Cancer Research, The Santia Feketa Foundation, The Britney Lee Foundation,  YMCA of Martin County / Indiantown and many other local charities.

“The Busch family is the definition of being significant,” said attendee Port St. Lucie Assistant Police Chief Rich Del Toro.  “There’s a big difference between being successful and being significant.  When you’re successful, it’s all about how much you make.  When you become significant is when you help other people become successful.”

Save the date for the next Busch Family Foundation event, a rodeo/concert on April 24, 2021.            

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