SAN ANTONIO, TX — A Night at the Museum Supporting Texas Brigades was held on March 1st, 2019 at the Witte Museum. The event raised just over $65,000 for youth conservation leadership – a new record for the Texas Brigades organization.
The success of this year’s fundraising event was due largely in part to the Event Sponsors: Dallas Safari Club, Crockett National Bank, Texas Parks & Wildlife, San Antonio Quail Coalition, Devils River Whiskey, and Ranger Firearms. Their generous support allowed every single dollar raised at the event to go straight to Texas Brigades programs.
Besides great food and conversation, the well-attended night featured a short program, firearm raffle, silent auction, live auction, as well as the opportunity to “Send a Kid to Camp”, a way for donors to directly cover a cadet’s camp tuition. Thanks to the generosity of just those attending, at least 24 cadets will be able to attend a Summer Camp without worrying about the cost.
Special guests Billy Pat and Bonnie McKinney, of El Carmen Land and Conservation Company, each gave an inspiring testimonial on the quality of Texas Brigades’ graduates and the impact they are making in the conservation world. Rob Keck, Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Director of Conservation for Bass Pro Shops, also spoke on the importance of Texas Brigades programs:
“Fewer people have been participating in traditional outdoor activities, making it harder to achieve our conservation missions. This is where we need to plug in our new leaders. Leadership development compounds. The more you invest in people and the longer you do it, the greater the growth and the higher rate of return. Let me tell you folks, the ROI of the Texas Brigades is huge. Listen to some of the testimonies from those who have experienced the camps. Ask their parents. That’s why we are here tonight to make that investment, because we know the Return on Investment is so profitable for preserving and conserving what we love outdoors.”
Texas Brigades extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended the event and supported Texas Brigades’ vision to develop “Conservation Leaders in Every Community.”
For those unable to attend the event, donations can be made any time online at texasbrigades.org/donate or by sending a check to the Texas Brigades office.
Texas Brigades is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization striving to educate and empower youth with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship. It promotes conservation ambassadorship for a sustained natural resource legacy. Texas Brigades started in 1993 as a single youth camp focused on the ecology of bobwhite quail. In 26 years, it has expanded to include additional programming in pursuit of furthering wildlife and natural resource conservation education, strengthening leadership development, and reaching a more diverse background of Texas’ youth. Since inception, Texas Brigades has hosted 122 Summer Camp Battalions, 7 W.I.L.D. Classes, and 8 Experiences; “graduating” a total of 3,458 participants.
Summer Camp applications are open from November 1st – March 15th each year. Applications can be found online at texasbrigades.org/applications.