2017 Commission Awards
Commission Awards Banquet set for January 13, 2018
The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020. The event will honor the recipients of the 2017 Commission Awards that were selected at the Commission’s September 8, 2017 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 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 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. Click on the link below for an RSVP Registration Form.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission held its first annual awards banquet on January 12, 1991. Since then, a total of 374 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. Click on the link below for additional information on sponsorship packages and the form.
2017 Award Categories
Award of Excellence: Lake Havasu Marine Association
Youth Environmentalist of the Year: Chase Godbehere
Media of the Year: (2) Kim Quintero and the National Veterans Magazine
Conservation Organization of the Year: Phoenix Varmint Callers, Inc.
Conservationist of the Year: Clyde Weakley
Natural Resource Professional of the Year: Erica Stewart
Volunteer of the Year: Ron Adams
Educator of the Year: Michael Eilertsen
Mentor of the Year: Justin Stewart
Advocate of the Year – State: Governor Doug Ducey
Advocate of the Year – Federal: Senator Jeff Flake
Business Partner of the Year: OneAZ Credit Union
Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year: John and Linda Vedo
Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year: Double O Ranch
North American Model Commissioners Award: Luke Thompson
Past Award Recipients