Buy Holiday Party Admission Tickets:

Join OBTU for an evening of fellowship and festivity at Venuti’s Italian Restaurant & Banquet Hall
(2251 W Lake St, Addison, IL).

The 2023 event will include a full buffet dinner with a cash bar. (This is a change from the appetizers and drinks served in recent years.)  As in the past there will be numerous opportunities to win prizes through silent auctions & bucket raffles.

Cost is $60 per person If purchased before Nov. 25, 2023. $70.00 per person if purchased after Nov. 25, 2023 or at the door.

Admission Tickets can be purchased online HERE

If you prefer to pay for admission tickets by check:
Please promptly mail your payment of $60 per ticket to:
Oak Brook Chapter Trout Unlimited or “OBTU”
P.O. Box 5046 Oak Brook, IL 60522-5046

(Please notate “Party Tickets” on your check).

Buy Holiday Raffle Tickets For Grand Prizes:

The 2023 Holiday Raffle includes 2 drawings which will take take place at the 2023 holiday party on Wednesday, Dec 6:

Drawing #1: Two tickets to be randomly selected from the “Fly Rod” pool of tickets. First ticket wins Orvis rod. Second ticket wins Lamson Reel.
(Drawing #1 ticket price = $10 per ticket.)

1st Place Prize: This year’s holiday raffle grand prize is an Orvis Helios 3 fly rod with the winner’s choice of rod model (D or F), weight, & length (retail value is approximately $998).

2nd Place Prize: Lamson Litespeed M Fly Reel with the winner’s choice of reel color & size (retail value is approximately $550 to $600).

Tickets for Drawing #1 can be purchased online   HERE or at the door

Drawing #2: One winning ticket to be randomly selected from the “50th anniversary fly box” pool of tickets:
(Drawing #2 ticket price also = $10 per ticket.)

Drawing #2 Prize:
Commemorative OBTU 50th Anniversary Fly Box finely crafted from curly maple. OBTU’s 50th anniversary pin is mounted on the lid. A pewter trout serves as the thumb catch. The Inscription reads:  “WANIGAS Curly Maple 2023”
The WANIGAS company was started by Art Neuman, a founder and the first executive director of Trout Unlimited. (WANIGAS is SAGINAW spelled backwards.) WANIGAS, a high end bamboo rod and fly fishing accessories company, is now owned by Carl Hueter, a Michigan Council of TU Chairman, 2006-2008. Carl personally crafted & gifted this “one-of-a-kind” box to OBTU.

Tickets for Drawing #2 can be purchased online   HERE   or at the door

RAFFLE RULES: OBTU is licensed to conduct this Raffle in Illinois and the Raffle is being conducted in accordance with Illinois statutes and Addison City ordinances. Before buying raffle tickets, please review the rules:    LINK TO ROD RAFFLE RULES

1. OBTU is licensed to sell raffle tickets only in Illinois. If you are buying tickets online, you must be an Illinois resident or your ticket(s) will be voided.
2. You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase tickets.
3. By Purchasing a ticket, you confirm your acceptance of the raffle rules referenced above.

Donate to the OBTU 2023 Annual Fund Drive (It’s not too late for an end-of-year donation):



All net proceeds from the Annual Fund Drive will be earmarked to only be spent on OBTU’s Conservation and Education Programs.   Your donations are the primary funding for OBTU’s ambitious programs.  Your Trout Unlimited membership fee goes to TU National and is not available for funding local OBTU chapter programs.

Or:     Donate by Check

If you’d prefer to make a donation via check, please make your check payable to the Oak Brook TU and mail to:

Oak Brook Chapter Trout Unlimited
P.O. Box 5046
Oak Brook, IL 60522-5046    (Please notate “Annual Fund Drive” on your check.)

A summary of the budget spending plans for the 2023-24 fiscal year is available via the following link:

Review 2023-24 Conservation & Education spending Plans to be Funded Here

A link to the fund raising request sent to OBTU members is provided via the following link:

Review 2023 Fund Raising Letter to OBTU Members & Friends Here


Oak Brook Trout Unlimited requires local fund raising to achieve its mission:

It costs money to restore a riverbank, to operate a fish tank so students learn the importance of clean water to stream ecology, and to provide equipment for youth fly fishing classes and our summer youth camp.  Oak Brook TU can’t accomplish its goals without your help.

Our local OBTU Chapter must be self-funded for these programs because there are no other outside sources of funding.  National Trout Unlimited membership dues are not shared with our Chapter for funding our local conservation activities, youth programs or general operating expenses.

While we gladly accept contributions via credit card or check, please consider making a donation via PayPal, the safer, easier way to pay online without revealing your credit card number.

Options for donating to various OBTU funds are provided below:

To donate to the OBTU General Operating Fund Donation:

The General Operating Fund can be used to meet any appropriate financial obligation of Oak Brook Trout Unlimited.    The Board of Directors allocates these funds based on overall OBTU priorities.   After administrative costs are met, surplus General Operating Funds are available to the Conservation, Education & Endowment Funds at the Board’s discretion.

To Donate to the OBTU Conservation Fund:

Conservation Fund monies are earmarked to be spent only on Conservation projects.

To donate to the OBTU Youth Education Fund:

Education Fund monies are earmarked to be spent only on Education projects.

To donate to the OBTU Endowment Fund:

The Endowment Fund is to build a more secure, vibrant future for the Chapter’s conservation and education activities by putting some assets in an investment account now, that will pay for compelling future projects with cost that cannot be covered by current income. This account can also serve as a “rainy day” fund for such endeavors in times of need.  The OBTU vision is to grow its Endowment Fund to a level where is generates substancial annual investment income for perpetuity which can be used for these purposes.

Donate by Check

If you’d prefer to make a donation via check, please make your check payable to the Oak Brook TU and mail to:

Oak Brook Chapter Trout Unlimited
P.O. Box 5046
Oak Brook, IL  60522-5046

If you have a preferred fund, please notate your preference on the check.

Donations May Be Tax Deductible

Trout Unlimited is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational, charitable organization, and all monetary or property donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Employer Matching Funds

We gratefully accept matching gifts. Our Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 23-7355330.

Become a Valued Sponsor

Another way businesses can support the Trout Unlimited mission is through merchandise donations for our monthly meeting raffles, annual Rod Raffle and December Holiday Party. Students in the Chapter’s Youth Fly Fishing Classes learn with donated rods, reels, and fly tying equipment.

We appreciate the backing of our valued sponsors and encourage our members to support their local businesses!

For more information on how you can become a “valued” Business Partner, please contact Dave Carlson:  [email protected]

You Can Make Donations From Amazon to OBTU Happen!  (No cost to you.)

  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Oak Brook Trout Unlimited.
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  • Support Oak Brook Trout Unlimited by starting your shopping at

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select Oak Brook Trout Unlimited as the charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.