Arizona Conservationists To Be Honored At 2018 Outdoor Hall Of Fame Banquet

Arizona Conservationists To Be Honored At 2018 Outdoor Hall Of Fame Banquet
Arizona Conservationists To Be Honored At 2018 Outdoor Hall Of Fame Banquet

PHOENIX – -( The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, together with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will induct two individuals and three organizations into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.

The Foundation’s 21st Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during the annual Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet at the Embassy Suites at 5001 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.
The inductees for this year’s event include:

Tracy Unmacht, of New River, has dedicated her life to conserving Arizona’s wildlife for future generations through her service to multiple non-governmental organizations. She expanded from participating in the “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” camp to becoming a volunteer, organizer and fundraiser for the group. She’s also served the Arizona Antelope Foundation for 16 years as an administrator, newsletter and magazine editor, clinic organizer and webmaster.

Catherine Cimellaro, of Phoenix, has worked for decades to promote hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement to benefit Arizona’s wildlife. She has lent her talents to assisting multiple wildlife organizations such as the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, the Antelope Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Council, Arizona Deer Association, and Conserve and Protect Arizona. Her graphic design skills helped to produce a logo for the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle and she redesigned Arizona’s wildlife license plate, which is attached to more than 10,000 vehicles and has raised additional funding for wildlife conservation.

Arizona Deer Association, of Mesa, has focused on projects dedicated to improving and expanding Arizona’s mule deer and Coues’ deer populations since the group was originally founded as the Arizona Mule Deer Association in 1995. Although its name changed to the Arizona Deer Association in 2003, its dedication to fundraising to finance projects aimed at growing deer populations and encouraging the next generations of hunters continues to be the bedrock of the group’s mission.

Diablo Trust, of Flagstaff, encourages responsible land management practices by gathering a wide range of land managers and stakeholders that are invested in leaving a positive legacy of habitat and wildlife conservation. The trust and its stakeholders have worked to sustain open space (preventing land fragmentation), biological diversity, protect watersheds with stable living soils, restore historic grasslands, enhance wildlife corridors and achieve a community of place.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, of Scottsdale, rescues and rehabilitates injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife. Rehabilitated animals are then returned to the wild, while sanctuary is provided to animals that cannot be released. SWCC also provides educational and humane scientific research opportunities in the field of conservation medicine. Wildlife education includes advice on living with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems.

The Hall of Fame event will include a social hour and silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m., with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony. The evening will also feature a live auction, exciting raffle prizes, and musical entertainment by the Back Porch Bandits. Suggested attire is business casual or western wear.

Individual tickets are $70. A table for 10 is $700. A table of 10 and a full-page ad in the full-color banquet brochure is $1,200. The options for ordering tickets are:

  • Download a ticket reservation form at, fill in the requested information, and either scan and e-mail to [email protected] or mail Wildlife For Tomorrow, c/o Rebecca Bouquot, 14852 S. Luna Drive, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
  • Call Rebecca Bouquot (Wildlife for Tomorrow board member and ticket chairwoman) at (602) 501-4788.
  • Purchase your tickets on the Wildlife for Tomorrow website at

Wildlife for Tomorrow was created in 1990 to enhance the management, protection and enjoyment of Arizona’s fish and wildlife resources. The foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works closely with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to provide additional support for projects and education activities where traditional resources are not adequate.

The Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame was developed in 1998 by the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation to honor those who have made significant contributions to Arizona’s wildlife, the welfare of its natural resources and the state’s outdoor heritage.

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