2019 Commission Awards
Commission Awards Banquet Set for January 25, 2020
The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Grande Ballroom, 11111 N. 7 Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020. The event will honor the recipients of the 2019 Commission Awards that were selected at the Commission’s September 20, 2019 meeting (see award recipients below). The purpose of these awards is 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 banquet will begin with a social hour and live music at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The awards will be presented concurrently with dinner to allow for more live music and dancing afterward. We are looking forward to a great celebration of all our award recipients and are expecting this to be our best banquet ever. The cost is $65 per individual before December 31, 2019 and $75 after. All RSVP’s are due by January 3, 2020
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission held its first annual awards banquet on January 12, 1991. Since then, a total of 391 recipients have been recognized with Commission awards. The awards banquet gives the Commission an opportunity to recognize individuals, groups and organizations 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 spouse or guest. Table Sponsorships for organizations are available in several categories 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.
2019 Award Recipients
Award of Excellence: Mayor Jackie Meck and Department of Defense/BMG Range
Youth Conservationist of the Year: Arielle O’Connor
Media of the Year: Cronkite News
Conservation Organization of the Year: Arizona Mule Deer Organization
Conservationist of the Year: Bob Jacobs
Natural Resource Professional of the Year: Richard Meyers
Volunteer of the Year: Randy Stalcup
Educator of the Year: Dr. Jim Strogen
Mentor of the Year: William Hill
Advocate of the Year (Two Nominations): Representative Regina E. Cobb and Ray Suazo
Business Partner of the Year: Mother Road Brewing Company
Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year: Russ Gunderson
Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year: Bar T Bar Ranch, Bob and Judy Prosser
North American Model Commissioners Award: Angela Davis and Niki Hamilton
Chairman’s Award: Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society
Past Award Recipients