Conservationists Host Benefit For Families Of Fallen Hotshots

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A conservationist, who has made guest appearances at the Mountain Bible Church’s “Shoot for the Heart” seminars and penned outdoor stories for the Payson Roundup, is helping organize the upcoming Granite Mountain Hotshots Benefit Banquet.

Steve Sams, a resident of Prescott Valley and a kingpin in the National Wild Turkey Federation, has enlisted the help of at least 10 conservation agencies from around the state to host the benefit, which will be held Aug. 29 at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

The Mule Deer Foundation, Trout Unlimited, Arizona Wildlife Federation, Arizona Elk Society, Arizona Deer Association and the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation are a few of those joining forces with Sams and the Wild Turkey Federation to host the benefit.

All proceeds from the benefit will be distributed to charities providing direct payment to the families, scholarships and Fallen Firefighter Fund.

The benefit, which beings at 5 p.m. will include raffles, silent auctions and live auctions for a myriad of items including hunting and fishing trips, firearms, hunting and fishing equipment and much more, Sams promises.

Among the hunts to be raffled or auctioned include an African safari, alligator and wild hog outings in Florida, elk and whitetail in Canada, red stag in Spain and bison in South Dakota.

Among the fishing trips are a salmon and halibut trip to Alaska and rental of a 60-foot houseboat on Lake Powell for a full week.

Also offered will be a five-day horse pack trip into the Canadian Wilderness.

Among the outdoors equipment to be offered is a custom built “Granite Mountain 19” bow built by the father of one of the fallen Hotshots.

Sams is expecting 500 to 800 people to attend the benefit.

Tickets for the benefit are $50 per person or tables for eight can be reserved for $500.

Tickets will soon be available online at yarnell19banquet.com.

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