18th Annual Oregon Banquet

Dec

02

Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Holiday Inn - Portland Airport

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Left to Right: Dan Parnel, NSIA Board President, B.G. Eilertson, Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor, and Liz Hamilton, Executive Director, NSIA

With big changes on the horizon for fisheries in the region sportfishing industry leaders and supporters came together over the weekend to raise important funds that will go towards the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association’s work in the coming year towards enhancing recreational fishing opportunities throughout the Northwest. Nearly 200 industry professionals and fishery advocates came together Saturday December 3rd at the 18th Annual Oregon Banquet. Attendees successfully raised over $50,000 that will be used to fight for more fish and better fishing in 2017 and beyond.

Amid turmoil with the Columbia River reforms, the potential for changes to Columbia and Snake River management that could dramatically improve fisheries throughout the region, and attacks on hatchery fish production, this year’s banquet was among the most important in the organization’s history.

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Martha Peterson with NSIA Board President Dan Parnel

NSIA gives special appreciation to the event’s title sponsors Pro-Cure and Cabela’s. The Oregon Banquet is one of NSIA’s most significant fundraising opportunities of the year, and the event would not be possible without the support of these two outstanding companies.

Banquet attendees enjoyed multiple games, raffles, and several auctions gave several opportunities for supporters to take home big prizes. Cody Herman of Outdoor GPS served as emcee, and expert fishing guide and auctioneer, Grant Putnam auctioned off nearly twenty items that included exciting items and trips such as sports tickets, custom-made fishing gear, guided fishing trips from the area’s top guides, and vacation packages.Leaders honored two of the sportfishing industry’s strongest members in B.G. Eilertson and Martha Peterson with the Buzz Ramsey Footsoldier Award. Martha has worked for Danielson Company and Maurice Sporting Goods and, for years, has been one of the primary organizers of the Oregon Banquet.  She has given countless hours of her time towards gathering donations, planning for events, and raising money to benefit Oregon’s fisheries. B.G. is a tackle buyer for Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor, and is among the most steadfast pillars of the sportfishing industry. He has been working in sporting good for decades and is consistently one of the first to volunteer for attending public hearings, giving testimony, and organizing fundraising events.

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The evening’s emcee, Cody Herman of Outdoor GPS.

NSIA also hosted special guests, ODFW Fish and Wildlife Commissioner, Greg Wolley and Oregon Senator, Laurie Monnes Anderson. Senator Monnes Anderson, who in the past through words and actions shown herself to be an ally of the industry, took the podium to recognize the sportfishing industry’s important role in Oregon’s economy and culture.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association which was founded in 1993 by a group of sport fishing industry business leaders who understood the need for a strong voice in the local, state, regional and federal governments. The NSIA is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and improvement of sport fisheries and the businesses dependent upon them.

 

Click HERE to see a photo gallery from the event

 

Special recognition to our event’s donors and volunteers: 

 

Alaina Baldwin
Angler’s Book Supply
Ankeny Vineyards
Astoria Riverwalk Inn
Astoria Riverwalk Inn & NSIA
Big Rock Sports
Bill Monroe Outdoors
Bill Monroe, Jr & Jay Johnstone
Bill Monroe, Jr.
Caddis
Cameron Black
Cheryl Laverty
Cody Herman
Comcast SportsNet
CRKT
Day One Outdoors
Deeann Kelly
Domaine Serene
Don Coffey Company
Eric Leonard
Fish Alaska Magazine
Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoors
Frank Amato Publications
Fred Meyer
Gina Praise
Gone Catchin’ Guide Service
Grant Putnam
Grundens
House Spirits Distillery
In The Zone Fishing
Jenny Folk
Jim Teeny
JRH Tree Farm of Redland
Julie Lycette
Leisure Sales
Leupold & Stevens
Liz Hamilton
Maryhill Winery
Maschmedt & Associates
Matt Parnel
Maurice Sporting Goods
Native Eyewear
Nelson Rutherford
Neuman Hotel Group
New Deal Distillery
Northwest Sportsman Magazine
NSIA
ODFW
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Oregon Zoo
Pacific Foods
Pelican
Phelps Creek Vineyards
Pittock Mansion
Plano Molding Company
Portland Center Stage
Portland Winterhawks
Poulsen Cascade
Pro-Cure
Pure Fishing
Quinault Beach Resort & Casino
Rich Underwood
Rolling River Spirits
Silver Horde
Skamania Lodge
Smelly Jelly
Smokehouse Products
Stag Hollow Wine
Steve Kuhn
Susan Basch
The Resort at the Mountain
Thomas & Sons Distillery
Tom Posey & Company
Untapped
Ursula Brey-Jones
Victorinox
Worldwide Distributors
Wraptor Rods
Yakima Bait