Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation holds 22nd Big Game Banquet
Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts gathered Aug. 9 at Higgins Hall for the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 22nd Annual Big Game Banquet. About 300 guests helped raise approximately $80,000 for wildlife and habitat conservation.
Live auction items included a lake house for a week, a fishing trip in Costa Rica and taxidermy service. Dan Duttarer served as the chairman, and co-chairs were Gary Garrett and Scott Schlather.
Duttarer said the foundation’s mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and members’ hunting heritage. “The foundation is the main reason that there are elk back in the Smoky Mountains,” he said.
Col. Scott DeThomas honored at farewell reception aboard Yacht Starship
Col. Scott DeThomas, commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base since July 2012, and his wife, Marta, were honored at a reception July 30 aboard the Yacht Starship. About 75 active duty and retired military members, as well as community leaders, thanked them for their service. Tampa City Council Chairman Charlie Miranda presented the colonel with a key to the city, and his wife received a bouquet of roses. George Howell served as emcee for the ceremony, which included a tribute from retired Rear Adm. Jon W. Bayless Jr.
Scott DeThomas will retire Aug. 31 after 32 years of service, and the couple are building a house in Tampa. “We are ecstatic you are going to stay here,” Bayless said. “We salute you for the service to our nation.” The reception coincided with the DeThomas’ 21st wedding anniversary.
Zoo’s WaZoo Beer Fest a resounding success
A few passing showers didn’t dampen an enthusiastic crowd of 4,000 at Lowry Park Zoo’s 19th annual WaZoo Beer Fest on Aug. 2. The guests had a chance to sample beer from 80 breweries and try food from 14 local restaurants and markets while listening to music. More than $130,000 was raised at the event for animal care, education programs and global conservation initiatives.
Text by LENORA LAKE
Photos by LENORA LAKE and CHRISTOPHER THORNTON
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