Thank You - Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction Wrap-UpNovember 12, 2014
A big thanks to everyone who made this year's Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction a huge success. What an amazing night. On Friday, Novemeber 7, Wild Fish Conservancy celebrated another successful year with their annual gala at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, WA. Incredibly generous bidding in both the silent and live auctions raised over $75,000 for WFC’s science, education, and advocacy programs and initiatives.
WFC members and supporters began the festive evening with a champagne reception and silent auction in the Chateau Ste Michelle’s Barrel Room. Lively and generous bidding characterized the silent auction which featured items from Filson, Montana Fly Company, Little Stone Flyfisher, Emerald Water Anglers, Emerging Rivers Guide Services, Royal Wulff, Redington, Sage, Patagonia, Cherry Valley Dairy, Coleman, Duvall Books, Bellevue Club, and Sazerac Company, just to name a few. .
After the silent auction, Soirée guests adjourned to the main dining room and enjoyed an exquisite multi-course gourmet dinner complete with wine pairings. Following dinner, auctioneer David Silverman led the competitive and spirited live auction, keynote speaker, Bill McMillan talked about the importance of a wild Skagit River.
This year, first-time donors Zulu Nyala donated four amazing 6 night/6 day guided African safari trips for two to South Africa, that brought in $10,000. Eduardo Barrueto from Magic Waters Patagonia again donated two, 6 day fly-fishing trips to Chile, and Sweetwater Travel gave a two day float trip on the Yellowstone River and a three night stay in Livingston, MT. Together, all three trips raised over $25,000 for wild fish conservation. Other highlights of the live auction included: a guided fly-fishing trip on the Skagit donated and guided by Bob Margulis with lunch provided by Chef Kevin Davis, owner of Steelhead Diner and Blueacre Seafood Restaurants; a private dinner with internationally renowned architect, artist, and fly fishing enthusiast George Suyama at his home, the Fauntleroy Residence for a private dinner party; a custom-made rod from longtime supporter, C.F. Burkheimer; dinner packages from The Herbfarm and Cafe Lago; and a traditional Atlantic salmon fly, “Cockatoo,” hand-tied by the late Harry Lemire and matted and framed by Steve Brocco. .
The tens of thousands of dollars raised in this one evening will support Wild Fish Conservancy programs which seek to preserve, protect, and restore the region's wild fish. Wild Fish Conservancy wishes to extend its sincere appreciation for the support and commitment demonstrated by all of the donors, volunteers, and attendees who made the 2014 Soirée a tremendous success. See you next year!