Second Annual Banquet Announced

On Sept 25th the Orr American Legion will be hosting a banquet to benefit the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary.

ORR, MN—August 15, 2010—The American Bear Association is announcing the second annual American Bear Association Banquet held in Orr, MN at the Orr American Legion.

This is the second fundraising banquet event for the American Bear Association. Their first event was held last year at this same time. While the American Bear Association is a somewhat new nonprofit organization, many people are familiar with the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary and come from all over the world to view wild black bears. In this case, the banquet is open to all people who are past visitors or anyone who has an interest in supporting their organization.

“People always ask what they can do for our organization,” says American Bear Association president Dennis Udovich, “This is a way for the public to benefit the sanctuary while also giving something back to the public.” Adds Udovich, “We have many many great raffle prizes and auctions we are planning on, a little something for everyone. We are fortunate we have gotten many giveaways from area businesses and artists. The attendees will be very happy.

”This year the banquet will have even more raffles and prizes offered. Last year the event was very successful and money was raised and put in a fund for a future Environmental Education and Research Building that they plan on building in the future. “This event is a chance for locals and supporters to mix for the evening giving them a great recreational evening outing,” states Udovich.

Currently, tickets for the banquet can be purchased online at or by calling the American Bear Association office at 218-757-0172. Items can still be donated for the banquet by sending them to the American Bear Association office by Sept 1st.

The American Bear Association was established as a nonprofit organization in 1995. Thousands of people visit the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary every year to view and learn about black bears, their behavior, habitat needs and life cycles. It is known by photographers as “the best place in North American to photograph wild black bears in their natural habitat.” The Sanctuary is open to the public each Tuesday through Sunday, from 5PM till dusk, between Memorial Day and Labor Day and closed on Mondays. September 5th is their last day of operation. For more information visit the website