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Dordt College, Dakota Christian sponsor hunting excursion

An eight-man hunting excursion in Southwest South Dakota sponsored by Dordt College and Dakota Christian School raised nearly $15,000 for Christian education. The trip was led by Dave Vander Werf, Dordt's director of planned giving.

Participants in the pheasant hunt sponsored by Dakota Christian and Dordt College were (from left) Ralph Roos, Ripon California; Kevin Van Wyke, Pella, Iowa; Ron Van Den Berg, Sioux Center, Iowa; Tom Plooy, Anchorage, Alaska; Ron Pagenkopf, Juneau, Alaska; Ken Beukelman, Holland, Michigan; Dave Vander Werf, Sioux Center, Iowa; and Dave Daining, Pella, Iowa.

Participants in the pheasant hunt sponsored by Dakota Christian and Dordt College were (from left) Ralph Roos, Ripon California; Kevin Van Wyke, Pella, Iowa; Ron Van Den Berg, Sioux Center, Iowa; Tom Plooy, Anchorage, Alaska; Ron Pagenkopf, Juneau, Alaska; Ken Beukelman, Holland, Michigan; Dave Vander Werf, Sioux Center, Iowa; and Dave Daining, Pella, Iowa.

The weekend turned up more than roosters. By partnering Dordt’s alumni network with the hunting resources offered by Dakota Christian, Vander Werf said participants from Alaska, California, Michigan, and Iowa were treated to a “fantastic hunting experience,” while benefiting the two schools.

Half of the proceeds went to Dakota Christian's building fund, while Dordt's share will pay for Rooster Booster Scholarships that will help needy students study at Dordt.

Participants were treated to an all-inclusive weekend, with lodging, meals, hunting guides and dogs, access to private hunting areas, shells, a sporting clays course, a souvenir shirt and cap, and transportation to and from area airports all included in the price.

“Dakota Christian offered tremendous food and hospitality,” commented Vander Werf. With true Midwest generosity, Dakota Christian supporters offered their land for hunting, and group meals. Big Sky Hunting and Lodging, a family operated business at Corsica (operated by Randy and Diane Niewenhuis) provided accommodations.

Each of the hunters returned home with their limit of pheasants, making it a successful event for both the participants and the planners.

Experienced hunters who would like information about next year’s weekend event are encouraged to contact Vander Werf at davevw@dordt.edu or 712-722-6023.