DALLAS, TX (Ammoland.Com) – Dallas Ecological Foundation (DEF) is proud to announce tremendous success – garnering nearly $170,000 – for their first-ever fundraising banquet, “Rendezvous of the Guardians” held earlier this spring. The funds raised will directly impact more than 500 schools over the next two years as part of DEF’s Outdoor Adventure (OA) program.
The evening was highlighted by notable guests, including keynote speaker, Larry Potterfield with Midway USA, sharing his vision for success in life and business and a special appearance by President Teddy Roosevelt (Joe Wiegand) along with radio personality, Big Billy Kinder, to keep the evening fun and light.
“Special thanks to the generous support of our donors, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees,” said DEF Chairman Abe Nayfa. “The proceeds raised will directly benefit DEF’s mission to teach outdoor education and to promote and fund conservation of wildlife worldwide.” The financial support from this event will impact more than 500 schools over the next two years. By 2018, more than 50,000 students annually will be enrolled in the Outdoor Adventures program.
DEF would also like to recognize artist Jan Martin McGuire for donating to DEF the copyrights of the event image, “Sharing the Wisdom.” Event sponsors included Alford Media, Cushman Wakefield, K&A Wolfe Masonry Ltd., Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation, and Edward Jones.
In addition, five new members of DEF’s Wildlife Heritage Society Endowment Fund were introduced during the event, along with a special recognition to the Dallas Safari Club for being DEF’s largest single donor since it’s inception, with more than $1 million in cumulative support.
Outdoor Adventures (OA) is a copyrighted and fully accredited physical education curriculum taught in both public and private secondary schools throughout the nation. OA offers students the opportunity to learn skills related to Hunter Education, Wildlife Conservation, Archery, Competitive Shooting, Angler Education, Boater Education, Survival Skills, Camping, Orienteering, Outdoor Cooking and CPR/First Aid.
About Dallas Ecological Foundation
Dallas Ecological Foundation was established in 1981 with the primary purpose of obtaining resources to help fund grants related to teaching outdoor education and promoting and funding conservation of wildlife worldwide. In addition to the OA course curriculum, DEF has subsidized numerous equipment grants to schools that have adopted Outdoor Adventures and provided those schools with supplemental teacher-training workshops at no additional charge. Each year, DEF also affords a limited number of grants to qualified applicants who are in support of wildlife conservation projects. To learn more about Dallas Ecological Foundation and Outdoor Adventures, please visit our webpage at www.dallasecologicalfoundation.org