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Reservations Accepted For Annual Game & Fish Commission Awards Banquet

Jan. 14 Event Recognizes Advocates Who Strive To Support Arizona's Wildlife


January 1, 2017

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will recognize 17 people during the 2016 Commission Awards event, which will commend national/state/local leaders, wildlife advocates, and volunteers for their work to support the state's wildlife.

The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Arizona Grand Resort at 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway in Phoenix. Reservations are being accepted for $65 per person to attend the event, which begins with a social hour and live music at 5 p.m., and will be followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 6 p.m.

The banquet recognizes 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. Those to be honored this year include the following:

Award of Excellence: Sonoran Sky Elementary

Youth Environmentalist of the Year: Matteo Bailloux

• Outdoor Writer of the Year: Jim and Carol Allen, Western Outdoor Times

Media of the Year: Arizona Antelope Foundation

Conservation Organization of the Year: Mule Deer Foundation

Conservationist of the Year: Jim Lawrence

Natural Resource Professional of the Year: Gloria Tom

Volunteer of the Year: Robbie Love

Educator of the Year: Karen Klein

Mentor of the Year: Steve Sams

Advocate of the Year - State: Arizona Sen. Gail Griffin

Advocate of the Year - Federal: Don McDowell

Business Partner of the Year: Linda Morgan, Yuma Visitors Bureau

Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year: Bobby Goitia

Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year: Bill Cordasco

North American Model Commissioners Award: Celeste Cook

The first Commission Awards event was held in January 1991 and since then, 361 people have been recognized for their dedicated work toward securing Arizona's wildlife for generations to come.

To make a reservation, use the RSVP form located on the Department website at or contact Lynn Roe at (623) 236-7332 or e-mail

Editor's Note: We at Western Outdoor Times are grateful that three of our "team" are included: Don McDowell and Jim and Carol Allen. Thank you, Arizona Game & Fish Commission.


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