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
Aimpoint Inc.
Alabama Black Belt Adventures Assn.
ALPS OutdoorZ & Browning Camping
ArmourLite Watches c/o The Media Group
ATK Sporting
Bass Pro Shops
B&H Photo
Bill Miller Outdoors
Birchwood Casey
Bond Arms Inc.
Boone and Crockett Club
Brownells, Inc.
Buck Knives
Bushnell Outdoor Products
Camera Land
Camp Chef
Camp Compass 2 Million Bullets
Carolee Boyles
Charlie Burchfield
Charter Arms
Condor Products
Crosman
Daisy Outdoor Products
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
EverFire Group
Fish On Marketing
Frontera Wingshooting
Frontiersman
Gun Protect by Red Eagle Tech
Hawke Sport Optics
Hunter’s Specialties
HuntingLife.com
Irish Setter Boots/Firefly Publicity
Keystone Elk Country Alliance
LLD Ink
Mississippi Tourism
Mossy Oak
Mule Deer Foundation
MyTopo
NEMO Arms
NWTF
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
Otis Technology
Outdoor Trails Media, Inc.
Patton’s Outdoor Supply
Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Phillip Bronkhorts Safaris Southern Africa
POMA
Prois Hunting Apparel for Women
Quail Forever
RAM Trucks
Remington Arms
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Sportsman Channel
Taurus
Ted Nugent USA
The Firearms Coalition
ThermaCELL
Tony Bynum Photography
Walther Arms
Weatherby Inc.
Whitetails Unlimited
Yamaha Outdoors
Jim Zumbo Outdoors

Image courtesy Professional Outdoor Media Association

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