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March Madness Fund-Raiser

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Hilton Garden Inn
5 Park Street
Freeport, ME 04032
United States


Fisheries & Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso Featured Speaker

Freeport Hilton Garden March 16, 2024 — Dinner, Auction, Raffle, and Fish Stories

FREEPORT, MAINE, January 2024 — Get a jump start on the spring season with a fund-raiser to benefit Maine fishing and conservation by joining the Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MMBTU) at its “March Brown Madness” dinner, auction, raffle, and fellowship event in Freeport.

Members and the public are invited to attend the annual gala dinner as we gather sportspeople and conservationists to meet old friends and new, and raise funds for the vital local conservation and community work of MMBTU.  The event takes place on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at The Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street, Freeport, from 5-9 p.m. 

MMBTU programs focus on the local community and include sponsoring area youth for the week-long Trout Camp to learn about flyfishing for wild trout and salmon, getting involved in area stream restoration such as dam removal and fish passage on Freeport’s Frost Gully Brook, and staffing programs to teach fly casting and fly-tying.  

Judy Camuso Featured Speaker 

Special speaker for MMBTU’s “March Brown Madness” will be the Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Judy Camuso.  She will update us on IF&W’s plans and progress in dealing with treasured Maine species like brook trout, landlocked salmon, and Arctic char. 

Fishing Trips, Outdoor Gear

“March Brown Madness” also offers the chance to upgrade outdoor gear and plan for exciting new adventures in 2024 as an auction, silent auctions, and raffles will be a fun part of the evening for a great cause.

The fund-raiser will feature top quality items from premier brands including L. L. Bean, Patagonia, Orvis, Yeti, and many others.  Thanks to generous donors, attendees will have the chance to experience world class fishing with outfitters like Cobb’s Pierce Pond Camps and Bradford Camps.  MMBTU directors and members also are donating custom fly selections and special flyfishing trips for trout and striped bass. 

Tickets for the dinner and program must be purchased in advance from the MMBTU website,  The cost is $50 per person or sponsor a table for eight people for only $350 and receive $200 worth of general raffle tickets.  Take the opportunity to purchase additional general raffle tickets on or before March 9 and we will give you a 2 for 1 bonus on your purchase.

For more information contact MMBTU President Jeff Bush or at 856-448-1925. 


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