As I reflect on the 2018 Weatherby Gala, I would like to begin by congratulating Craig Boddington as the recipient of the 2017 Weatherby Award. Craig is not only an outspoken advocate for worldwide hunting and wildlife conservation, but he is a good friend and I applaud his many efforts to give back to organizations such as Weatherby as we all work together to preserve our hunting heritage with our time and talents. Well done, Craig! And hats off to Alain Smith and his amazing talent as our gala emcee. Alain’s unique stage presence and creativity once more engaged our audience and kept us on track, from the opening intros to the finale of another successful evening recognizing hunting excellence and support for hunting and wildlife conservation.
The Weatherby Board is made up of great people with diverse personalities and backgrounds who manage to work together with a common goal of not only selecting an outstanding individual to receive this honor each year, but also to give of their individual time and resources to make our Weatherby Gala possible. It has been a sometimes-challenging, always-interesting, and indeed rewarding experience to serve as the Weatherby President. I am confident that this organization is well equipped to move forward and continue to have a positive impact on international hunting and wildlife conservation.
Deb and I offer sincere thanks to Cass Olmstead, Kameron Bybee, Barbara Sackman, and Lori Clem for their dedication in spearheading all details of the auction. Last – but certainly not least – thank you to our generous donors and our faithful buyers. This is the ultimate team effort and you are all greatly appreciated.
Best regards to you all,