Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) held its annual conservation banquet last night at the Lexington Municipal Conference Center. Raffles, auctions, great food, and fellowship highlighted the fundraising event.The Lexington Chapter of the
Seared tuna, pork BBQ, catfish, and shrimp were some of the items on the menu, which was catered by Charleston Bay Gourmet. One comment overheard about the seared tuna was "I don't know; it looks raw," but followed by "hey, that's gooooood!" My taste buds left me no choice but to agree.
Two Yeti Coolers with the CCA logo were raffled off, and a set of CCA Frogg Toggs joined several other prizes that went home with CCA members lucky enough to have their raffle tickets pulled. And the grand raffle prize was an outdoor kitchen consisting of a stainless still grill, steamer, and turkey fryer.
Some of the items auctioned off included a two-man, two-day hog hunt, an evening of sporting clays at Hermitage Farm, a young and eager-to-please German Shorthaired Pointer, a handmade oyster table, and artwork.
CCA is a grass-roots, non-profit organization made up of fishermen and other conservationists who volunteer their time and efforts to ensure our angling heritage is properly looked after for our present and future generations. This is done in a variety of ways, from being a watchdog on national and local fisheries issues, to coordinating oyster shell restocking, which replenishes habitat for sealife.
To get involved and see the schedule of other CCA banquets across the Palmetto State, check out CCA South Carolina's website at http://www.ccasouthcarolina.com/.
PhotosByBrianCope: The German Shorthaird Pointer was a big hit!This redfish was part of the silent auction. This .17 bolt action rifle was given away in the 'deck of cards' raffle. This piece of artwork brought over $200 in the live auction.