- Many Fundraisers involve selling candy bars or gift wrap. In Merrill, they go hunting.Marisa Silvas puts on blaze orange for this week's Northwoods Spotlight.Nine years ago, an idea was hatched to start a unique fundraiser. Now the Merrill Booster Club Pheasant Hunt has become an annual tradition.Nick Sturm (Merrill Head Coach) "It's a great way to have a fun time as a fundraiser," says Merrill Head Coach Nick Sturm.
Dale Rasmussen of Merrill adds, "Hunting this time of year is a good excuse to get outside and do something."Mike Grunenwald is the Vice PResident of the Merrill Football Booster Club. He says, "A lot of food, good times, good conversation. It's just a nice way to garner some funds for the football team." 100 hunters tried their luck in the snow covered fields. The money raised from the Pheasant Hunt will go toward equipment and other items for the football programs in grades 7-12.The event also gives several generations of Bluejays a chance to connect. This year's sharp shooting raised 4 thousand dollars.
Story By: Marisa Silvas