Thank You - Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction Wrap-UpNovember 08, 2012
é 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 $67,000 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, Patrick's Fly Shop, Creekside Angling, Emerald Water Anglers, Little Stone Flyfisher, DeLille Cellars, Lost River Winery, Redington, Sage, Patagonia, Frank Amato Publications, PCC Natural Markets, FishEyeGuy Photography, Temple Fork Outfitters, Bellevue Club and Cascade Fly Fishing Adventures, 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. Wild Steelhead Coalition presented an award to WFC executive director, Kurt Beardslee. Following dinner, auctioneer David Silverman led the competitive and spirited live auction, and keynote speaker, Bill McMillan gave a heartfelt speech that united the festive crowd.
This year Bill White donated a week stay for 8 guests at a secluded beach house on the East Cape of Baja California Sur, located in the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, known to have the best beach rooster fishing on the fly in the world. Sweetwater Travel again donated a steelhead trip on the Sustut River in British Columbia, and first-time supporter Eduardo Barrueto Guarda of Magic Waters Chile donated a trip to fish the Coyhaique area of the Chilean Patagonia. Together, the three trips raised over $11,500 for wild fish conservation. Other highlights of the live auction included: guided fishing trips with JD Love, Arch Anglers, and Peninsula Outfitters; a custom-made rod from longtime supporter, C.F. Burkheimer; an amazing hand-made fly tool box with 32 limited edition Wasatch tools and a Glines Canyon Dam core sample memento from the 2011 Elwha River Restoration ceremony, both donated by Bill Kindler; and a striking traditional Atlantic salmon fly, “Kate,” 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 2012 Soirée a tremendous success. See you next year!