Pheasant groups holding cancer benefit huntPublished 7:01am Sunday, September 22, 2013
Pheasant hunters will come together in early October for a new fundraiser in LeRoy to raise support for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research.
Mower County Pheasants Forever, of Austin, and the Tri-County Pheasants Forever, based in Rochester, are joining Three Arrows Hunting Preserve in rural LeRoy to offer the first Hunting for a Cure breast cancer awareness hunt on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Registration involves setting a two-hour hunting slot at Three Arrows from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $100 to hunt, which includes four birds released per person, a shirt and meal.
All Proceeds from Hunting for a Cure will go toward directly funding cutting-edge breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, in Austin.
Each hunter will get a two-hour guided hunt at Three Arrows. Dogs will be available but hunters may bring their own dog. Volunteers will clean all of the birds.
Following the hunt, a Hunting for a Cure banquet will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Travel Lanes in LeRoy. Cost is $20 per person, including games, food, giveaways, raffles and more.
Event organizer Darren Ewy came up with the idea for Hunting for a Cure with Ben Jacobsen, owner of Three Arrows, and they plan to make it an annual event.
They thought it would be a great way to connect Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the start of pheasant hunting season — both in October — while supporting Pheasants Forever’s mission for land conservation, Ewy said.
“This gets people outdoors and involved with pheasant hunting while also promoting breast cancer awareness,” Ewy said. “This is a win-win for a large group of people.”
Registration for the hunt and banquet is available on the www.tricountymnpf.com website by clicking on the “Hunting for a Cure” logo. Donations also can be made through that online link.
The Hormel Institute continues to make progress in the fight against breast cancer and other forms of cancer through its aggressive research and use of cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to accelerate discoveries, Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong said.
“All of us at The Hormel Institute are very grateful to have this high level of faith and trust in our work from everyone connected with Pheasants Forever,” Dong said. “We conduct world-class, progressive research at an extremely efficient level, and this type of community support is vital in helping our researchers further their progress.”The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, is a world-renowned medical research center in Austin, Minn., focused on discoveries leading to the prevention and control of cancer.
In July 2013, The Hormel Foundation announced it will make a $23 million commitment toward The Hormel Institute’s next major expansion set to begin in summer 2014. The expansion will add needed laboratories and space for the Institute’s International Center of Research Technology. The Hormel Foundation will provide $13.5 million in funding as a match to the State of Minnesota’s bonding for the expansion along with $9.5 million to recruit top scientists, equip labs with state-of-the-art technologies, and create a cutting-edge environment for progressive cancer research.
Currently, leaders at The Hormel Institute are in the process of hiring three new cancer research sections to fill the remaining lab space created by the Institute’s 2006-2008 major expansion. The Hormel Foundation contributed $16.7 million toward the 2006-2008 project, which tripled the Institute’s size and doubled the number of faculty and staff jobs.