Trooper Toss event at Basin Electric provides funds for veteran bison hunts

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, employees at Basin Electric’s Headquarters participated in Trooper Toss – a fundraising event for Injured Military Wildlife Project of North Dakota's new project called Bison Meat Project.

For the event, employees purchased a toy paratrooper that they tossed onto a bull’s-eye. Employees donated $680 through the event, and Basin Electric made an additional $4,000 donation.

Basin Electric Office Services Coordinator Cole Bossert launched his toy trooper the closest to the center, making him the winner.

Matthew Jameson, Basin Electric desktop application analyst, is a veteran and was able to go on a whitetail deer hunt in Killdeer, North Dakota, through Injured Military Wildlife Project in 2017.

“The Military Wildlife Project is an amazing organization that matches up veteran hunters with very experienced and accommodating guides to offer a top-notch hunting opportunity to men and woman who served in the armed forces. I have numerous close friends, including myself, that were given the opportunity to hunt for deer over the years, and I do not know one that came home empty-handed. They handled everything from taxidermy to meat processing all free of charge,” Jameson says.

Matthew Jameson, fourth from the left in red, joins other Basin Electric employees as they toss toy troopers toward the target.

The Bison Meat Project is new to Injured Military Wildlife Project. It’s an agreement between Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Injured Military Wildlife Project to assist with processing bison that leave the park boundaries or are injured. The meat will be processed and distributed throughout North Dakota to veterans in need. They are budgeting for 5,000 pounds of bison meat at a cost of $8,000. 

“I think what they are doing with the Bison Meat Project is amazing,” Jameson says. “They are taking meat from an animal that may have ended up going to waste and donating all of it to needy veterans in North Dakota. I think this really shows where their heart is at.”

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