Greetings to all the great people who support the Weatherby Foundation and its Mission!
We are shaking off the ball and chain of the virus restrictions and racing back towards a much more normal feeling way of life. More hunts are being booked, safaris are being enjoyed, and our great friends in the hunting professions are seeing their schedules fill up again. Having been stifled so long it is great to breathe deeply again of the fresh air of safari life and appreciate even more the rich blessings of God’s creation!
Our return to a status even better than normal is fast approaching as we find new strength in our restored freedom. The anti-hunting movement may continue to attempt to trip us up, seeking to force what amounts to a pagan world view of animal worship upon us. However we read in God’s Word in Acts 10:13 stating “Rise, Peter, kill and eat”. We know where the Almighty weighs in on the hunting debate and I know that united we will be successful. Incidentally, I first personally read that Scripture passage in a Wilbur Smith (the famous author who presented the 2002 Weatherby Award to Rex Baker) African hunting novel years ago and it has inspired and stayed with me.
With the cancelling of the 2021 Weatherby Gala along with all the other major sporting and hunting conventions our Foundation suffered a serious blow to our fundraising that drives our ability to fulfill our Mission Statement. We are dedicated “To educate youth and the non-hunting public on the beneficial role of ethical sport hunting and its contribution to wildlife conservation and to protect our constitutional right to do so.” We were blessed with many people converting their 2021 Gala table payments into straight donations for our cause while others stepped forward with additional gifts. We were able to keep our level of grant giving to a respectable status, albeit reduced from our normal level. We are fired up to make next year our best ever!
Our next Gala is scheduled for Wednesday January 5th, 2022, at the Dallas Omni Hotel in conjunction with the Dallas Safari Club convention January 6-9, 2022. At that time we will celebrate Alexander Egorov’s remarkable accomplishments as a hunter and conservationist. It will be wonderful to have a Gala without restrictions, to enjoy the camaraderie of the hunting community, and to have possibly the best fundraiser ever in our history. Please book your tables and tickets early and we thank you in advance for your generosity in bidding on our great auction items! Together we can make all this happen.
We have such a rich history and tradition with the Weatherby Award and the work of the Foundation. In looking through the long list of winners and presenters of the Award we see names like Joe Foss, Jimmy Doolittle, Norman Schwarzkopf, Chuck Yeager and many others. These people shared our dreams and values. We are privileged to walk in their footsteps and be inspired to action by some of our greatest American heroes! It’s great to have you all as part of our extended Weatherby family!
We ask God’s blessings on you and your loved ones and we pray for your safety and health as we move towards an ever-brighter tomorrow.
Peter A. Larsen, MD, President