Overview

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, “The Big Event” Gala will be rescheduled.  We will announce the new date soon – please check back here for details.

Please contact Holly Garrison at 707.742.4167 or holly.garrison@mzuri.org with any questions you may have.

Promoting Wildlife Conservation and Sports Education

We invite you to join us for the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation’s Annual Gala & Auction. Funds raised benefit the many conservation and education programs the Foundation supports around the world.

“The Big Event” 2020 Gala

WHEN:

Date to be Announced
6 pm Cocktails & Silent Auction
7:30 pm Dinner, Live Auction & Awards

Private Sponsors’ Only Reception
5 pm Cocktails

WHERE:

Blackhawk Automotive Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, CA 94506

Fine dining provided by Scotts of Walnut Creek

Black Tie Requested

TICKETS

General Admission Tickets: $500 per person

See all Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Please contact Mzuri Wildlife Foundation’s Executive Director, Holly Garrison, at holly.garrison@mzuri.org or 707-742-4167 for table reservations or more information on sponsorship opportunities.

 

ABOUT

Founded in 1969, the mission of the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation is to promote wildlife conservation worldwide and outdoor sports education.

Mzuri Wildlife Foundation’s mission is to preserve and protect wildlife worldwide and promote outdoor sports education.

We are small but mighty. Our size contributes to our ability to be highly accountable for the grants that we give and the gifts we receive. We seek out and support high-performing nonprofits and programs where the grant funds we raise make a pivotal difference to the success of the program. Your involvement – whether great or small – makes an immediate, significant and measurable impact on the success of our grantees and our organization. Our deepest thanks for supporting our work.

Mzuri Wildlife Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt public foundation as described in IRS section 501(c)3. Contributions to MWF are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

Honoree

M. KEVIN DESTRUEL

The 2020 Steven E. Nelson Sportsman of the Year

A lifelong hunter, Kevin Destruel has dedicated his energy, enthusiasm and countless hours to the Mzuri Wildlife Foundation’s goals of protecting wildlife and preserving hunting for future generations. Hunting has been a part of Kevin’s family for generations, beginning with his great grandfather who leased a hunting ranch in Willits, California. Taught by his father and grandfather starting at the age of eight, Kevin moved from ducks, quail and deer in California to big game across several continents. One of his favorite memories: bringing down a charging Cape Buffalo at 10 yards on a trip to Zimbabwe.

While time spent in the field remains one of Kevin’s most cherished pastimes, he took his love of hunting a step further by becoming involved in MWF. “My godfather (Jim Codding) was the first president back in 1968,” he explains. “The foundation was put together by a group of hunters out of the San Francisco Bay Area who wanted to give back to the conservation programs in Africa and now we’ve expanded into the United States and around the world.”

Kevin is described by friends as a man who brings out the best in each person he meets. He brought this gift as well as his vision and leadership to MWF, serving multiple terms as board president. “I just wanted to see more put back in than was ever taken out,” he says. The board of directors of Mzuri Wildlife Foundation would like to recognize Kevin’s dedication to promoting wildlife conservation and our hunting heritage by presenting him with our highest honor, the Steven E. Nelson Sportsman of the Year Award.

 

Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

M. Kevin & Karen Destruel
Sandra S. Froman
Dave & Lori Sanson, DeNova Homes Inc.

Diamond Sponsors

Bank of Stockton in honor of Doug Eberhardt
Scott Bohannon in honor of David Bohannon and Steve Nelson
Suzanne & Hammond Edwards
Arnold W. Goldschlager, M.D.
Anonymous

Gold Sponsors

Cyndi Flannigan
John & Jillian Kamps
The NRA Foundation

Silver Sponsors

Peter & Michaela Codding & Family in honor of James W. Codding
Glennon Gingo
Kids Outdoor Sports Camp
Katalin Kádár Lynn, Ph.D. & Douglas G. Lynn

Bronze Sponsors

Dieter & Betty Krieghoff  in honor of M. Kevin Destruel

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Co-Chair ($50,000)

  • Includes 2 tables of 8 with priority seating
  • 16 tickets to Private Sponsors’ Reception
  • Prominent sponsor placement in the invitation
  • Promotional materials and the evening’s program

Platinum Sponsor ($25,000)

  • Includes 1 table of 8 with priority seating
  • 8 tickets to Private Sponsors’ Reception
  • Prominent sponsor placement in the invitation
  • Promotional materials and the evening’s program

Diamond Sponsor ($15,000)

  • Includes 1 table of 8 with preferred seating
  • 8 tickets to Private Sponsors’ Reception
  • Prominent sponsor placement in the invitation
  • Promotional materials and the evening’s program

Gold Sponsor ($10,000)

  • Includes 1 table of 8 with preferred seating
  • 4 tickets to Private Sponsors’ Reception
  • listing in the invitation and the evening’s program

Silver Sponsor ($5000)

  • Includes 1 table of 8
  • 2 tickets to Private Sponsors’ Reception
  • listing in the invitation and the evening’s program

Bronze Sponsor ($2,500)

  • Includes 2 Gala tickets
  • 2 tickets to Private Sponsors’ Reception
  • listing in the invitation and the evening’s program

Hotel

Mzuri Gala 2020 will be held at:

Blackhawk Automotive Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Danville, CA 94506
Map and Directions

Accommodations

Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa
3287 Mount Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
855-382-8632
lafayetteparkhotel.com
Map and Directions

We have secured a special rate for MWF Gala attendees of $184 a night. Reservations can be made online at this specific link.

Shuttle Service

A courtesy shuttle service to and from the hotel to the Gala will be provided.