Safari Club International and SCI Foundation were represented recently at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation 13th Annual Wine, Wheels & Wildlife event at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina.
The event gathered top leaders from the sportsmen’s community, elected officials and others to discuss the successes and challenges that sportsmen and women face in the region.
SCI Life Member and host Richard Childress kicked off the evening by thanking sportsmen and women for their passion about the outdoors and understanding of the importance hunting, angling and recreational shooting has on conservation efforts.
Childress was joined on stage by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and keynote speaker Ed Byers, a U.S. Navy SEAL Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
Secretary Zinke reiterated the important role sportsmen and women play in wildlife conservation.
“Hunters and anglers are the backbone of wildlife and habitat conservation in America, with hunters and anglers contributing billions of dollars to conservation,” Secretary Zinke said. “From my perspective, the more sportsmen and women we have in the woods and waters, the better our wildlife and habitat will be.”
SCI and SCI Foundation attendees included SCI President Paul Babaz, SCI Foundation President Warren Sackman, SCI CEO Rick Parsons; SCI Foundation Executive Director Bob Benson and SCI Manager of State Affairs Jeff Patchen.
SCI is a proud supporter of CSF and looks forward to continuing to work with CSF, on both the federal and state level, to promote and protect the interests of sportsmen and women.