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Conservation Dinner/Fundraiser

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I had the great pleasure of attending the Illinois Conservation Foundation's "Gala Under the Stars" on Saturday with Eric. The 20th Anniversary dinner featured awards for the IL Outdoors Hall of Fame, of which our dear friend Dan Basore was a recipient. Dan gave a very heart-felt speech and got a standing ovation!
There aren't many opportunities to see so many familiar faces in conservation gathered in one place, so I was awestruck and humbled to be among them on this night.

Too many to name, for fear of leaving anyone out.

Keynote speaker Rob Keck spoke about getting youth involved in the outdoors, and the room hung on every word.

I think if I had to sum up the evening in one word, it would be "respect".
The place was full of dinosaurs who have devoted their lives to the cause, and continue to do so to this day.

Left to right in the photo: Dan Basore, Eric, Marc Miller and myself.


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