Contact: John Culclasure, Central Appalachian States Manager
On April 23, the Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted the annual Ron Lollar Memorial Wild Game Dinner at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. Lollar served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2006 to 2018 and was Co-Chair of the Caucus before he passed away in 2018.
Sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF), the event provided the opportunity for Caucus members, legislative staff, sportsmen’s groups, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to honor Lollar and celebrate the rich sporting traditions and abundant natural resources found throughout Tennessee. Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Central Appalachian States Manager John Culclasure attended the event to support the growth of the Caucus and promote NASC.
The event also raised funds for the TWRF and the Sportsmen’s Caucus, and a donation was made on behalf of the Caucus to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry, a game meat donation program that provides venison to families across the state.
Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Mike Bell and Representative Jeremy Faison addressed the group to thank partners for attending the event to honor Lollar’s service to the state and his dedication to protecting its outdoor pastimes.
Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Governor Bill Lee also spoke about his personal connection to the outdoors and his commitment to supporting Tennessee’s rich sporting heritage. Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally and Speaker Glen Casada were in attendance as well as over many legislators and partners.
National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) Executive Council Member Sen. Bell said, “The Wild Game Dinner continues to grow each year, and the strong turnout at the event speaks to the importance of hunting and angling to the state of Tennessee. Many thanks to my colleagues in the Sportsmen’s Caucus and partners in the sportsmen’s community for supporting the event.”
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