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Troy Hertz, West Fargo, Published March 29 2013

Letter: WF gun raffle in the bull’s-eye

I want to thank CNN, CBS Radio, Sports Illustrated, and all the other groups and organizations, for their recent concern over the lack of available ice for the Youth of West Fargo Hockey. The rapid growth of West Fargo has created a dramatic increase in the number of youth hockey participants. West Fargo has two sheets of ice and is in need of additional ice to accommodate the increase in players.

The West Fargo Hockey Association, like any other organization, needs to raise money to pay for additional ice, and is currently raising funds through a “200 gun raffle.” This appears to be where the concern comes in.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, one out of every $100 of all goods and services produced in the United States in 2011 was due to hunting, fishing and wildlife-associated recreation and roughly 90 million citizens, or 38 percent of the population age 16 or older, spent an estimated $145 billion on wildlife activities in the U.S. last year.

When fundraising, you need to offer a product that people are willing to part with their hard-earned money for. Let’s face it; selling pansies, daisies or cookies is not going to raise the kind of funds needed to pay for a hockey rink. Gun raffles are as common in North Dakota as wheat fields and cold winters.

It appears to me that West Fargo Hockey’s aim to raise funds for additional ice, is right in the bull’s-eye.