2021 Commission Awards
Commission Awards Banquet set for Jan. 22, 2022
The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Grande Ballroom, 11111 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020. The event will honor the recipients of the 2021 Commission Awards that were selected at the Commission’s Sept. 24, 2021 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. We are looking forward to a great celebration of all our award recipients. The cost is $75 per person. All RSVP’s are due by Jan. 7, 2022.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission held its first annual awards banquet on Jan. 12, 1991. Since then, nearly more than 400 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 logo advertisement in event program, sponsorship recognition during introductory PowerPoint presentation, and recognition in event press release.
2021 Award Recipients
- Award of Excellence – Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter and Commissioner Lisa A. Atkins
- Youth Conservationist of the Year – Noah Carrillo
- Media of the Year – Brian Kae and Tom Fergus, Fox 10 Phoenix KSAZ-TV
- Conservation Organization of the Year – South Eastern Arizona Sportsmen Club
- Conservationist of the Year – John Koleszar
- Natural Resource Professional of the Year – Sid Slone
- Volunteer of the Year – Al Sue
- Educator of the Year – Gregory Brooks
- Mentor of the Year – Catherine Thompson
- Advocate of the Year (two nominations) – Senator Sine Kerr and Chuck Podolak
- Business Partner of the Year – Discover Gila County
- Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year – Jessica Manuell
- Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year – Vera Earl Ranch, Inc.
- North American Model Commissioners Award – Ben Avechuco
- Chairman’s Award
Past Award Recipients