Smith & Wesson Big-Game Dinner Helps Local USO Chapter

Smith & Wesson Corporation contributed $34,000 to the Pioneer Valley USO, a unit that serves the Massachusetts-based Westover Air Reserve Base and the surrounding military communities. For the past 10 years, proceeds from the company's annual Big-Game Dinner have benefited the Pioneer Valley USO and its programs supporting American military personnel and their families. 

David Mendoza, Pioneer Valley USO board president, said, “It is truly an honor for the Pioneer Valley USO to benefit from the annual Smith & Wesson Big-Game Dinner. We could not provide the needed level of support to our military men and women and their families in Western Massachusetts without this type of generosity.”

The Smith & Wesson Big-Game Dinner offers attendees a chance to dine on a variety of wild game prepared by a team of dedicated volunteers. The sold-out event hosted nearly 500 guests and featured a menu of pheasant, quail, elk, caribou, bear, boar, and venison. Led by Chef Norm Boucher from the Chicopee Comprehensive High School culinary department, volunteers created dishes such as antelope and caribou bourguignon, Southern-style pulled boar, and pot roast of Maine black bear.

In addition to the food preparation team, Smith & Wesson employees and friends donated more than 500 volunteer hours to make the event a success. All game served was donated by hunters affiliated with, among others, Smith & Wesson, Foggy Mountain Guide Service, Linx Wildlife Management, and Smoldering Lake Outfitters.