Commission Awards Banquet: January 17, 2015
The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree, AZ 85377. The event honored the recipients of the 2014 Commission Awards that were selected at the Commission’s September 5-6, 2014 meeting (see below). The purpose of these awards was to recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission held its first annual awards banquet on January 12, 1991. Since then, a total of 330 recipients have been recognized with Commission awards. The awards banquet gives the Commission an opportunity to recognize individual and organizational award recipients for their contributions to Arizona’s wildlife resources.
All of the costs associated with the awards banquet must be paid for by ticket sales and sponsorship donations, including the complimentary tickets for award recipients and their spouses or immediate family members. Award Table Sponsorships for organizations were available for $550 and included a table in the organization's name, logo advertisement in the event program, recognition in the introductory PowerPoint presentation and event press release, and four banquet tickets for the organization.
2014 Award Recipients
Award of Excellence: Arizona Sheriffs Association/Western States Sheriffs Association
Youth Environmentalist of the Year: Carter Lawrence
Outdoor Writer of the Year: Cheryl Hartz
Media of the Year: Don McDowell
Conservation Organization of the Year: Catalina Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction Advisory Committee
Conservationist of the Year: Tom Mackin
Natural Resource Professional of the Year: Lorraine Christian
Volunteer of the Year: Jared Young
Educator of the Year: John Warren and Topock Elementary School
Mentor of the Year: Terry Herndon
Advocate of the Year: Congressman Paul Gosar and Arizona House Representative Frank Pratt
Buck Appleby Hunter Education Instructor of the Year: Keith and Jan Nash
Wildlife Habitat Steward of the Year: John Holbrook
North American Model Commissioners Award: Craig McMullen
Past Award Recipients