OWL banquet cancelled

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 10, 2011

For the second time this year, the local chapter of Outdoors Without Limits has been forced to reschedule its awareness banquet.

Organizer Susan Craig said the group has cancelled Thursday night’s banquet due to lack of ticket sales.

The group announced in February it was working to get the faith-based organization, founded by Kirk Thomas, whose spine was crushed when a tree fell on him while making his way back to his truck after a morning of deer hunting in 1992, under way in Covington County for disabled individuals.

Craig said part of the chapter requirements is to hold a yearly awareness banquet and at least two events, which could include a picnic in the park, wildlife photography, hunting, camping and even a trip to the zoo. And that’s just a few possibilities, she said.

The awareness banquet was originally scheduled for March 12, but was rescheduled for Thursday night due to poor ticket sales.

Craig said she hopes to reschedule the banquet at a later date, but is unsure when that may be.

“This is an opportunity to offer education,” she said. “If they’ve never shot a gun, we’ll teach them how. It’s also about educating the non-disabled about how to handle us and what we need. We’re trying to break the barrier down between disabled and non-disabled.”

For more information on the OWL program, call 222-9609.