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May 2007

Soiree Sets Record $80,000 Raised for Wild Fish Conservation

bruce_soireeThe Wild Fish Conservancy celebrated a new milestone indeed at the Wild Fish Soiree and Benefit Auction on May 19 at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville. The 16th Annual Soiree was our most successful fundraising event ever. Incredibly generous bidding in both the silent and live auctions raised nearly $80,000; all of the proceeds will directly support Wild Fish conservancy’s science, education, and advocacy programs.

One hundred and fourteen WFC members and supporters attended the Soiree, beginning the evening with a hosted reception and silent auction in the Ste Michelle Barrel Room. Lively and generous bidding characterized the silent auction, which featured items from Orvis, the Seattle Art Museum, Patagonia, Filson, Ex Officio, and many other generous donors.

After the silent auction, Soiree guests adjourned to the main dining room to enjoy an exquisitely prepared and presented dinner. After an inspiring toast by Wild Fish Conservancy Executive Director Kurt Beardslee, auctioneer Jerry Toner set a spirited and entertaining pace for the live auction, motivating liberal and competitive bidding.

This year again, Myrna and Michael Darland of Southern Chile Expeditions donated a total of three trips to Yan Kee Way Lodge in the Chilean Patagonia, raising almost $18,000. This year’s Fund-A-Dream, a project development fund, was a spectacular success, earning nearly $30,000, primed by an incredibly generous donation of $15,000 by longtime supporter and ex board-member Bruce McNae.

Other highlights of the live auction included: a hand-made bamboo rod with a WFC commemorative inscription donated by Fetha Styx Rods of Redmond, Washington; a C.F. Burkheimer spey rod; guided fishing trips with Jack Cook, Brian Paige, Doug Rose, and Bob Triggs; a three-weight Sage trout rod; “The Assassin,” a beautiful traditional salmon fly hand tied by master tier Harry Lemire and matted and framed by Steve Brocco; and several collectable bottles of fine wine from the Lost River, Sawtooth and Chateau Ste. Michelle wineries. Click here for a complete list of donors.

The tens of thousands of dollars raised in this one evening will support Wild Fish Conservancy programs intended to preserve, protect, and restore the Northwest’s wild fish resources. Wild Fish Conservancy wishes to extend its appreciation for the support and commitment demonstrated by all of the donors, volunteers, and attendees who made the 2007 Soiree such an incredible success.




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