ATHENS, GA (April 25, 2019) – Each year QDMA recognizes the Branch volunteers who achieved the most for whitetail conservation in their first year. We are pleased to name the Coastal Empire Branch of Savannah, Georgia as our New Branch of the Year.
“It’s not an easy task to form a QDMA Branch and immediately achieve as much as Branches that have been around for years,” said Steve Levi, QDMA’s Director of Membership, Marketing and Corporate Relations. “The Coastal Empire Branch rose to the occasion and focused on getting their community involved as partners for the long haul.”
Formed in 2018, the Coastal Empire Branch held both a fundraising banquet and an educational event in their first year. More than that, their fundraising banquet achieved ticket sales exceeding those of many established Branches. The Branch cleared a net of $17,000 for whitetail conservation and deer hunting and brought in 110 new QDMA members and 20 sponsor members from the Savannah area. With their funds, the Branch elected to support the Catch-a-Dream Foundation, which provides once-in-a-lifetime hunting and fishing experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses.
The Coastal Empire Branch is already planning even bigger efforts for whitetail conservation in 2019 and is planning new events already. One of their 2019 goals is to certify every Branch committee member as Level I QDMA Deer Stewards. We look forward to watching this new QDMA Branch grow.
Additional nominees for the New Branch of the Year Award included the Black Dirt Branch of New York, Frosty Tines Whitetails Branch of Minnesota, and Catawba River Branch of South Carolina.
Photo: L-R: Branch Treasurer Dan Blazek, President Cory Parker, and Vice President Austin Seals of the Coastal Empire Branch accept the New Branch of the Year award from QDMA Regional Director A.B. Smith.