2018 Commission Awards
Commission Awards Banquet Set for Jan. 12, 2019
The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020. The event will honor the recipients of the 2018 Commission Awards that were selected at the Commission’s Sept. 21, 2018 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 Dec. 31, 2018 and $75 after. All RSVP’s are due by Jan. 4, 2019.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission held its first annual awards banquet on Jan. 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.
2018 Award Recipients
Award of Excellence: Conserve and Protect Arizona (CAPAZ)
Youth Conservationist of the Year: Jacob Maher
Media of the Year: Mike Russell
Conservation Organization of the Year: Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation
Conservationist of the Year: Joe Miller
Natural Resource Professional of the Year: Kyle Spencer
Volunteer of the Year: James (Spud) Hester
Educator of the Year: Rebecca Bouquot
Mentor of the Year: Tim Denny
Advocate of the Year – State: Rusty Bowers
Advocate of the Year – Federal: Greg Sheehan
Business Partner of the Year: Patriot Ordnance Factory
Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year: Navajo Nation Hunter Education Team
Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year: Mike Hemovich
North American Model Commissioners Award: Paul Greer
Chairman’s Award: Salt River Project
Greetings Wildlife and Conservation Organizations and Groups
Once again we are beginning work on one of our favorite events of the year – the annual Commission Awards Banquet. Planning starts early for this special celebration where the Commission takes time to formally honor and recognize some of the many individuals and groups who have contributed significantly to the conservation of Arizona’s wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
This is a great opportunity to show your support for the Commission, the award recipients, and all of our partners that set the standard for the rest of the nation to follow. If you choose to sponsor, please complete and follow the instructions in the sponsorship form. We are looking forward to a quality awards banquet and graciously invite you and your organization to attend as well as participate in the sponsorship. Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you there.
Past Award Recipients