In a unified display of support for traditional outdoor sports communications, more than 70 outdoor industry companies and individuals donated to the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA) annual fund-raising auction. The generosity of conference attendees, who bid on items and who purchased raffle tickets, resulted in the donations netting POMA approximately $30,000. POMA officers Tom Opre and Tony Bynum, co-chaired the effort.
“POMA is grateful for the tremendous generosity and support of the donors and bidders,” said Tom Opre, POMA president. “These folks understand the critical role the media plays in ensuring the future of the traditional outdoor sports and educating the public about hunting, fishing, the shooting sports, wildlife conservation and ancillary activities. The importance of these donations and auction purchases can’t be overstated.”
The auctions and raffles were held March 21, during the organization’s annual business conference in Knoxville, Tenn. The funds generated will be used to support and enhance POMA’s membership benefits and services, which are primarily focused on educating members and helping them grow their businesses.
Auction items ranged from an African safari to turkey calls, and everything in between. Fifteen items comprised the at-conference live auction, while additional items were up for bid via silent auctions, raffles and an online Gunbroker.com auction.
POMA is the premier professional outdoor communications organization in the traditional outdoor sports marketplace. It is a professional non-profit organization comprised of approximately 480 members who include individual media members (340 editors, photographers, writers, broadcasters, bloggers and others) and corporate partners (140 outdoor equipment manufacturers, conservation organizations and service providers).
2014 POMA Auction and Raffle Donors
A&A Lobster & Hardware
Adventures of Louis and Ruth Cusack
Alabama Black Belt Adventures Assn.
ALPS OutdoorZ & Browning Camping
ArmourLite Watches c/o The Media Group
Bass Pro Shops
Bill Miller Outdoors
Bond Arms Inc.
Boone and Crockett Club
Bushnell Outdoor Products
Camp Compass 2 Million Bullets
Daisy Outdoor Products
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Fish On Marketing
Gun Protect by Red Eagle Tech
Hawke Sport Optics
Irish Setter Boots/Firefly Publicity
Keystone Elk Country Alliance
Mule Deer Foundation
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
Outdoor Trails Media, Inc.
Patton’s Outdoor Supply
Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Phillip Bronkhorts Safaris Southern Africa
Prois Hunting Apparel for Women
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Ted Nugent USA
The Firearms Coalition
Tony Bynum Photography
Jim Zumbo Outdoors
Image courtesy Professional Outdoor Media Association