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Sterling

Editor's note: Gimme 5 is a five-question interview on a topic of local interest.

Who: Joshua Sterling, president of the Eau Claire Seymour Lions Club.

Talks about: Wild Game Feed.

When: 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: St. Olaf Parish Center, 2407 North Lane.

Cost: $20.

Information: jointhelions.org.

Q: How many years has this event been going?

A: They’ve been doing it for about 20 years. It started with just come club members who would meet and they would cook up venison. It has grown. We’ve been at St. Olaf’s the past eight or nine years.

Q: How many people attend the event?

A: We have a maximum of 300. If we don’t sell out each year, it’s pretty close. We’ve sold 220 to 250 tickets already. We encourage people to buy them in advance.

Q: What will be on the menu this year?

A: It’s a buffet. There will definitely be deer venison and probably some elk venison as well. The wild bear is a big draw; they make meatballs out of that. We get some really good panfish. And one of the big things is the rocky mountain oysters.

Q: How much money does this event raise?

A: In addition to the money from the tickets, we have $10,000 worth of donated items that we’ll raffle off. We generally raise $14,000 to $18,000 annually. That money goes directly back into the community.

Q: What organizations benefit from this event?

A: We provide financial needs for veterans and give to Feed My People Food Bank, and we give scholarships out at all three Eau Claire high schools. We also provide money for blind people to attend a weeklong summer camp.

— Chris Vetter