Gala Dinner for Tanzania
The Presidents' fundraising dinner for Tanzania conservation held in Texas on October 17th was a spectacular event. We are so proud to have partnered with Dallas Safari Club, the Wildlife Conservation Foundation of Tanzania, the Freidkin Foundation and the presidents in holding the Gala.
The ambience, food and service of Gaylord's Texan in Grapevine, Texas were all superb. The extended cocktail reception presented an opportunity for all to meet and speak with President George H.W. Bush, President Valéry GISCARD D'ESTAING, Tanzanian Ambassador George KAHAMA, Archduke Lorenz VON HABSBURG of Austria and the many renowned attendees from around the world. That was complemented by the quality champagne, wines and spirits generously donated by Moët Hennessy.
I don't know that I've ever been to such a function or that there will ever be one like it again. Each of the Presidents spoke from the heart and demonstrated genuine commitment to the cause. More than a quarter of a million dollars was raised from those that attended as well as from mail-ins from around the world. Dallas Safari Club primarily organized and hosted the Gala, once more demonstrating its superiority and capacity. Indeed it brings a lot to the industry. There were too many renowned individuals and too much generosity to cite here. Dallas Safari Club and Conservation Force bore much of the direct costs and their members and supporters were generous contributors. Tanganyika Wildlife Safari, Legendary Adventures, Moët Hennessy, Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club and Cecile Riolet donated the seven auction items. Like the spirit of the night, the auction items sold above value. Our dear friend Victor Lattimore was the most generous auction bidder and individual contributor.
Donations are still coming in and are still welcome. Just make your tax deductible contribution out to Conservation Force, dedicate it to "Gala Dinner for Tanzania" and mail to Conservation Force at P.O. Box 278, Metairie, LA 70004. The full amount goes to the cause.