The George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas & Cultural Sites • New Orleans, Louisiana • March 14–18, 2011

Walkin' in the Footsteps of George Silent Auction

Walkin' in the Footsteps of George: A silent auction to benefit the George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship fund.

At GWS2011 we will be holding the fifth installment of our popular Walkin’ in the Footsteps of George Silent Auction to benefit the Travel Scholarship program. Walkin’ in the Footsteps of George recalls George Melendez Wright’s pioneering efforts in the 1920s and 1930s to make a career in the park resources field. Wright initiated the first wildlife survey of U.S. national parks in 1929 and went on to be the first chief of the Wildlife Division of the U.S. National Park Service. Of Hispanic descent himself (his mother was Salvadoran), Wright was fluent in Spanish, worked on several international projects, and respected the value of cultural diversity.

Walkin’ in the Footsteps of George is a fun event that celebrates Wright's spirit of adventure. The entire proceeds go to the Travel Scholarship fund. The silent auction will be held during the first two days of GWS2011 and bidding will close at a Gala Wrap-up event during the conference (click the "Special events" link for details).

What kinds of things are we looking for?

  • Souvenirs and memorabilia from parks or park cooperating associations
  • Paintings, drawings, and similar artwork (framed or unframed), pottery, small sculpture, etc.
  • Books, CDs, software, maps
  • Garments, such as hats, sweatshirts, and other outdoorwear; logo T-shirts and polos
  • Outdoor gear
  • Gift memberships in relevant organizations; gift certificates for merchandise or services
  • Anything and everything to do with parks, protected areas, and cultural sites

All items should be new and unworn. Of course, we also welcome contributions of money to the Scholarship fund. We will provide you with a receipt to document the value of your tax-deductible charitable donation. And we are actively seeking institutional underwriters for the Scholarship program — contact us if your organization might wish to sponsor one or more scholarships.

Won’t you please help deserving students from diverse backgrounds “walk in the footsteps” of one of the trail-blazers of our profession? Here’s how:

Mail or ship your donations — whether money or auction items — in advance of GWS2009 directly to the GWS executive office. For auction items, be sure to include a note with (a) Your name, full mailing address, phone, and email; (b) the name of the donor (if different from yours); (c) for artwork, the name of the artist (if known); and (d) your estimated value of the item(s). All auction items mailed or shipped to the GWS office must arrive on or before March 1, 2011. For direct donations to the Scholarship Fund, make checks payable to “George Wright Society.”

Address for mailed donations:
George Wright Society, ATTN: Silent Auction, P.O. Box 65, Hancock, MI 49930-0065 USA

For ground deliveries:
George Wright Society, ATTN: Silent Auction, 49445 US-41, Hancock, MI 49930 USA

Or, you can bring your donations in person to New Orleans and check them in at the Poster Session check-in desk. We'll give you a receipt on the spot.

Questions? Contact the GWS office at 1-906-487-9722; or