MMBTU March Madness -Saturday, March 16, 2024, at The Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street, Freeport, from 5-9 p.m.

Event Date:

March 16, 2024

Event Time:

5:00 pm

Event Location:

Hilton Garden Inn

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.

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.

“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.

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.

General Raffle Tickets for the March Madness Banquet to be held March 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Tickets are $20 each or 5 for $100.

If you make your purchase of raffle tickets no later than March 9 we will double the quantity of tickets, so $20 buys 2 and $100 buys 10 tickets.

In addition, for people who order $100 of raffle tickets they will receive two tickets for FREE on the Orvis Helios rod package.

BUY EARLY to get the best DEAL!

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE, then pick them up at the banquet on March 16.  Tickets will be held in the name of the credit card purchaser today.

Items to be raffled come from retailers and artisans like:

Orvis,  L.L. Bean,  Selene’s Fly Shop…..

Here is a preview link to the AUCTION items

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Event FAQs

Who can attend this event?

Anyone- Invite friends, family, colleagues, get the word out about MMBTU and our mission!

How to attend this event?

Buy a ticket for each person attending or sponsor a table and fill it with up to 8 people.  It costs $50 per ticket or get a bargain price for sponsoring a table for $350. That price includes $200 worth of raffles tickets and 8 tickets for the banquet.  

When is the event?

March 16 with seating beginning at 5 PM.

Where do I get my t-shirts and hats that I ordered?

All swag will be held at the banquet for you to take home.  The proceeds from which help our conservation efforts and make you look cool too!

Total Seats: 160 (98 Left:)


  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • 5 Park Street
  • Freeport
  • Maine
  • 04032
  • United States

Event Schedule Details

  • March 16, 2024 5:00 pm   -   9:00 pm
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