Thank You - Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction Wrap-UpNovember 07, 2013
A big thanks to everyone who made this year's Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction a huge success. What an amazing night. This past Friday, 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 $70,000 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, DeLille Cellars, Lost River Winery, Redington, Sage, Patagonia, Frank Amato Publications, Wild River Press, PCC Natural Markets, FishEyeGuy Photography, Temple Fork Outfitters, Bellevue Club, and Sazerac Company, just to name a few. See the complete list of auction donors.
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, Jim Lichatowich talked about his new book, and WFC executive director, Kurt Beardslee gave a heartfelt speech that united the festive crowd.
This year, first-time donors Wilderness & Acappella Safaris donated an amazing 9 night/10 day guided African safari and fishing trip for two to Botswana, that brought in a winning bid of $14,500. Bill White again donated a stay at his secluded beach front villa in the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park on the East Cape of Baja California Sur, and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort gave an all-inclusive, three night stay for two at the Bedwell River Outpost Camp in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Vancouver Island's west coast. Together, all three trips raised over $21,700 for wild fish conservation. Other highlights of the live auction included: a guided fishing trip with Arch Anglers; a custom-made rod from longtime supporter, C.F. Burkheimer; dinner packages from The Herbfarm, Cafe Lago, and Russell's; an amazing hand-carved native mask donated by Carol Carlson; and a traditional Atlantic salmon fly, “Benchill,” hand-tied by the late Harry Lemire and matted and framed by Steve Brocco. See the complete list of auction donors.
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 2013 Soirée a tremendous success. See you next year!