New Flame Burning Brightly at MWF

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Organization rediscovers drive, passion

After 68 years, the Manitoba Wildlife Federation (MWF) is hosting its first banquet.

"There's a new flame at the Manitoba Wildlife Federation," says Bev Sawchuk, administrative director. "We have a lot of drive and passion around here these days and we're interested in increasing our profile."

Sawchuk explained that each year, the Wild at Heart banquet will focus on different programs offered through the MWF. This year, proceeds will be directed to The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and a program called Faces of Freedom.

The banquet will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. The evening includes live, silent and rainbow auctions, a made-in-Manitoba artisan showcase and an opportunity for fish and game clubs from across the province to highlight their programs. Special guests for the evening include Buck Pierce and Glenn January of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The evening will focus on MWF's Faces of Freedom, a program that recognizes the service and sacrifice made by Canadian and American forces personnel. Once a year, the MWF brings together injured veterans in the great outdoors. Keynote speaker for the evening is Col. Michael Steele, founder of the Faces of Freedom, an organization that supports wounded veterans.

Partial proceeds from the evening will also go help children and their families in Manitoba.

"The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is honoured to be included in this event," says Lawrence Prout, President and CEO. "We strongly support bringing children, youth and families together to enjoy the great outdoors and all that Manitoba has to offer. …