Pioneer Valley USO and Chicopee Comprehensive High School to Receive Funds

Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that the Company has contributed $35,000 to local charities from proceeds raised at the company’s annual Big Game Dinner. This year’s event provided over 500 guests with wild game appetizers and entrees while generating $25,000 for the Pioneer Valley USO and $10,000 for the Chicopee Comprehensive High School scholarship fund.

The 2014 Big Game Dinner was a sold-out event, as has been the case for several years. Meals were prepared using 1,900 pounds of wild game that was donated for the event. Guests were treated to menu items ranging from carved elk roasts and Cajun-style catfish to wild boar sweet sausages. Chef Norm Boucher from the Chicopee Comprehensive High School culinary department led the food preparation team. In addition, Smith & Wesson received support from 65 volunteers who logged a total of more than 560 volunteer hours over three days to make the event a success.

“Each year the Smith & Wesson staff, along with the talented chefs from the Chicopee Comprehensive High School, continue to amaze and delight attendees with what is truly a rare dining experience,” said James Debney, President and CEO for Smith & Wesson. “This event is a success each year, thanks to the dedication of many volunteers and generous contributions from our co-sponsors, vendors and sportsmen. We would like to extend our thanks to all of those who participated in this year’s game dinner and we look forward to hosting this very worthwhile and fun event again in 2015.”

Donations made from this year’s dinner will help support activities and programs within the USO of Pioneer Valley and the Chicopee Comprehensive High School. Men, women and families of the armed forces utilize the USO for social, recreational, educational and entertainment programs and services. The donation made to the Chicopee Comprehensive High School will be used to support the institute’s culinary scholarship.

For any interested parties that would like to help support next year’s dinner, please contact Elaine Stellato, Smith & Wesson Employee/Community Relations Manager at (413) 747-3371 or at estellato@smith-wesson.com.

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