Thank You - Wild Fish Soirée & Benefit Auction Wrap-UpNovember 08, 2011
é The Wild Fish Conservancy celebrated the removal of the Elwha dams and the 30th anniversary of Bruce Brown’s classic book, Mountain in the Clouds: A Search for the Wild Salmon, this past Friday at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville. Incredibly generous bidding in both the silent and live auctions raised over $65,000 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, Lost River Winery, Redington, Sage, X RODZ, Patagonia, PCC Natural Markets, FishEyeGuy Photography, and Cascade Fly Fishing Adventures, 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, and keynote speaker, Bruce Brown gave a heartfelt speech that united the festive crowd.
This year Sweetwater Travel donated a steelhead trip to the Suskeena Lodge on the Sustut River in British Columbia, and long-time supporters Myrna and Michael Darland of Southern Chile Expeditions donated a trip to Yan Kee Way Lodge in the Chilean Patagonia. Together, both trips raised $12,000 for wild fish conservation. Other highlights of the live auction included: guided fishing trips with JD Love, Bill McMillan, Arch Anglers, Spot Tail Guides and Brian O'Keefe; a custom-made spey rod with a WFC commemorative inscription from C.F. Burkheimer; a spey outfit from Deschutes Angler; and a striking traditional Atlantic salmon fly, “Silver Wilkinson,” hand tied by master tier 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 2011 Soirée a tremendous success. See you next year!