Professional Outdoor Media Association Generates $30,000 Through 2014 Conference Auctions

Tom Opre
POMA President Tom Opre may look silly in this wild-looking hat, but it was worth $400-plus in auction credits for the attendee who won the hat in a special raffle.
Professional Outdoor Media Association
Professional Outdoor Media Association

Knoxville, TN –-( The passion of the outdoor industry and POMA members for the organization’s mission is extraordinary – as evidenced by the substantial funds raised by the organization through its 2014 Annual Auctions and Raffles.

More than 70 outdoor industry companies and individuals donated to the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s annual fund-raising auction. The generosity of the 180-plus conference attendees, who bid on items and purchased raffle tickets, resulted in the donations netting approximately $30,000.

POMA officers Tom Opre and Tony Bynum, co-chaired the effort and engaged the help of POMA Past President Bill Miller to oversaw the raffles.

“POMA is grateful for the tremendous generosity and support of the donors and bidders,” said Opre, POMA’s president. “These folks understand the critical role the media and POMA play in ensuring the future of the traditional outdoor sports and educating the public about hunting, fishing, the shooting sports, wildlife conservation and ancillary activities. The importance of these donations and auction purchases can’t be overstated.”

The auctions and raffles were held March 21 2014, during POMA’s annual business conference in Knoxville, Tenn. Bidding was fast, furious and competitive, and scores of members left the event with a bevy of great items.

The funds generated by the auctions and raffles are used to support and enhance POMA’s membership benefits and services – primarily educational- to help you grow your business.

Auction items ranged from an African safari to turkey calls, and everything in between. Fifteen items comprised the at-conference live auction, while additional items were up for bid via silent auctions, raffles and an online auction.

Additional auctions are held throughout the year among the POMA membership and via POMA alerts all members via email when auctions and bidding are open.

  • A&A Lobster & Hardware
  • Adventures of Louis and Ruth Cusack
  • Aimpoint Inc.
  • Alabama Black Belt Adventures Assn.
  • ALPS OutdoorZ & Browning Camping
  • ArmourLite Watches c/o The Media Group
  • ATK Sporting
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • B&H Photo
  • Bill Miller Outdoors
  • Birchwood Casey
  • Bond Arms Inc.
  • Boone and Crockett Club
  • Brownells, Inc.
  • Buck Knives
  • Bushnell Outdoor Products
  • Camera Land
  • Camp Chef
  • Camp Compass 2 Million Bullets
  • Carolee Boyles
  • Charlie Burchfield
  • Charter Arms
  • Condor Products
  • Crosman
  • Daisy Outdoor Products
  • Doug Gilmer
  • Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  • EverFire Group
  • Fish On Marketing
  • Frontera Wingshooting
  • Frontiersman
  • Grow the Bone
  • Gun Protect by Red Eagle Tech
  • Harry Guyer
  • Hawke Sport Optics
  • Hunter’s Specialties
  • Irish Setter Boots/Firefly Publicity
  • Jeannie Farmer
  • Jim Casada
  • Keystone Elk Country Alliance
  • LLD Ink
  • Light My Fire
  • Mississippi Tourism
  • Mossy Oak
  • Mule Deer Foundation
  • MyTopo
  • NEMO Arms
  • NWTF
  • O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
  • Otis Technology
  • Outdoor Trails Media, Inc.
  • Patton’s Outdoor Supply
  • Pheasants Forever, Inc.
  • Phillip Bronkhorts Safaris Southern Africa
  • POMA
  • Prois Hunting Apparel for Women
  • Quail Forever
  • RAM Trucks
  • Remington Arms
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Scott Leysath
  • Steve Rinella
  • Sportsman Channel
  • Taurus
  • Ted Nugent USA
  • The Firearms Coalition
  • ThermaCELL
  • Tony Bynum Photography
  • Tribe
  • Walther Arms
  • Weatherby Inc.
  • Whitetails Unlimited
  • Yamaha Outdoors
  • Jim Zumbo Outdoors

POMA Mission
To foster excellence in communications at all levels, help members build their businesses, connect media and industry, promote fair and honest communication of the traditional outdoor sports and conservation stories, and mentor the next generation of traditional outdoor sports communicators.