DALLAS (Jan. 13, 2014)The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) convention and expo concluded its four-day run on Sunday, and club officials are forecasting that the event has generated record fundraising for conservation efforts worldwide.
Always the first major hunting show each year, the event was Jan. 9-12 at the Dallas Convention Center and Omni Hotel Dallas.
Were thrilled, said Ben Carter, DSC executive director, that gate attendance, auctions, new memberships and paid exhibit space all set new records this year. Were still totaling receipts, but were projecting that weve generated well over $1 million for conservation efforts worldwide.
That estimate includes $350,000 from a special auction for a black rhino-hunting permit in Namibia. Funds will be used for anti-poaching efforts, habitat protection and wildlife research.
DSC grants for conservation, education and hunter advocacy programs will be announced later this year.
Were grateful to our exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, and especially our volunteers, for their incredible support. Together, theyve been part of something special over these past few days, added Carter.
About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent nonprofit organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at www.biggame.org.