Money for Mule Deer:Local foundation chapter earns President’s Award
ELKO — For the first time since it started in 1988, the Great Basin Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation has earned a national President’s Award.
On Feb. 22, the chapter was presented with the award at the national convention in Salt Lake City, said president Farley Hicks.
“Last year, we were runner up for this award,” he said.
The award goes to the chapter that earns the highest net at its annual banquet. The 2012 banquet raised more than $78,000 in Elko, Hicks said.
“The community supported this very well,” he said.
The previous year’s banquet had raised more than $74,000 for the foundation, whose mission includes the preservation of habitat of mule and black-tailed deer. Hicks is also on the national foundation’s board of directors.
The award this year came as a surprise.
“We knew we were the highest netting chapter, but we had no clue we were getting the President’s Award,” Hicks said.
Linda Hicks, another active member in the local chapter who is married to Farley Hicks, expressed amazement at the community involvement.
“It’s been amazing that Elko can raise that kind of money,” she said.
This year’s Mule Deer Foundation local chapter banquet starts at 4:30 p.m. May 4 at the Convention Center. Tickets are $95 each or $1,000 per table, and include a membership to the foundation.
This is the chapter’s 19th banquet. Contact Farley Hicks at 934-3917 for information.
By HEATHER KENNISON Free Press Staff Writer. elkodaily.com