The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree, AZ 85377. The event will honor the recipients of the 2013 Commission Awards that were selected at the Commission’s September 6-7, 2013 meeting (see below). The purpose of these awards are to recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. The cost is $55 per individual. Click on the link below for an RSVP Registration Form.
RSVP Registration Form
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission held its first annual awards banquet on January 12, 1991. Since then, a total of 317 recipients have been recognized with Commission awards. The awards banquet gives the Commission an opportunity to recognize individual and organizational award recipients for their contributions to Arizona’s wildlife resources.
All of the costs associated with the awards banquet must be paid for by ticket sales and sponsorship donations, including the complimentary tickets for award recipients and their spouses or immediate family members. Award Table Sponsorships for organizations are available for $550 and include a table in the organization's name, logo advertisement in the event program, recognition in the introductory PowerPoint presentation and event press release, and four banquet tickets for the organization. Click on the link below for additional information on sponsorship packages and the form.
Sponsorship Package Information and Form
2013 Award Recipients
Award of Excellence: Art Boswell
Youth Environmentalist of the Year: Dustin Yinger
Outdoor Writer of the Year: Terry Corrigan
Media of the Year: Western Outdoor Times
Conservation Organization of the Year: Arizona Chapter Safari Club International
Conservationist of the Year: Larry Audsley
Natural Resource Professional of the Year: Julia Fonseca
Volunteer of the Year: John Kulberg
Educator of the Year: Tom Brennan
Mentor of the Year: John Greiss
Advocate of the Year: Senator Steve Pierce
Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year: Jim Rich
Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year: Anita Waite and Sherwood Koehn