ALPENA, Mich. — It was a night for hunters, guns, good food, and beer at the Aplex in Alpena on Friday night. This was the 40th annual “Men’s Night Out” put on by the Hunters Harvest for Charity organization. Hundreds of people showed up to show their support as well as win some of the prizes up for auction.
Last year’s event was able to raise $71,000 for multiple causes including local food banks, the Alpena Boys and Girls Club, Partners in Prevention, and so many others. Mark Boyk has been with the organization since 1983 and took over as president after his brother John passed away in 2007. He says the support that the attendees show is really the reason why they can hold this event every year. “Without them and along with our sponsors, we couldn’t exist because we need help to get good prizes,” he said. “The guys come here and they’re supportive of what we’re doing. They’re spending their hard–earned dollars and we appreciate that. Without them we couldn’t exist.”
Along with the many auctions around the Aplex, there was also a hunter’s dream smorgasbord later on in the night prepared by JJ’s Catering. “We got some good food here,” said Boyk. “We got elk, venison, bear, wild boar, rabbit, and then if you don’t like wild game, you can also have prime rib. I’ll put this up against any wild game dinner in northeast Michigan.”
With hunters usually comes beer and thankfully that night there were free cab rides available courtesy of Hunters Harvest for Charity.