AWF Received a phone call on Thursday afternoon, July 3, 2014 notifying us that someone is making phone calls claiming to be a Wildlife Federation raising money for children for Christmas. The caller ID was a Verizon mobile number: 501-697-5787 out of the Conway, Ark. area, but the scammers could be calling from other numbers as well, so please be aware.
AWF Does Not make phone calls of any sort to raise funds. AWF sends out material via mail or speaks with people face-to-face at events. AWF does not even send e-mails requesting funds unless someone specifically requests information from the organization.
If you receive a similar call please contact AWF with the time, date, and the number the scammer called from so we can turn the information over to the attorney general. Please do not give them any of your personal information.
AWF has just completed the 2nd annual Wounded Warrior Project fishing tournament located at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville. Thanks to all who volunteered their time and those who helped support this worthwhile project of giving back to our men and women who gave so much for our country. I would also like to mention it was a BIG success, and AWF will try to sponsor it again next year.
I would like to tell you a couple of personal stories about this year’s event. One of the best parts of being involved is to hear special stories and how this event has affected individual’s lives.
- While setting up this year’s event, like we did last year, we sent out posters by email and by posting them in the local sports shops. One day I got an email from a local lady who said she would like to help support this year’s event. I emailed her back and said that would be great, we do appreciate your support. I asked her what she would like to do and she emailed me back and said she would like to contribute to the event and felt like this is a very worthy cause. So I called her and we set up a meeting for her to donate some money. She told me she had collected some money from friends and gave me a card with the money inside. I gave each one who donated a receipt. She told me I could relay the card to the wounded warriors which reads, “I was recently treated for cancer. To keep my thoughts in perspective during the worst of times, I recorded a few phrases, it went in part: ‘I don’t live in a war zone. I’m not watching my children suffer. I don’t live in fear of prosecution because of my race, gender, or my religious beliefs. The words that got me through chemo were only there because of you and your service’.”
(signed) Agalia Baker!
Thank you Agalia for your support to this worthy cause, and we wish you the very best in your fight with cancer.
- As we had finished the tournament and everyone was eating and enjoying visiting with one another, one of the warriors came up to me and handed me one of the rare collector’s coins from the Iraq war. Anheuser-Busch made 350,000 of these special “Operation Salute” coins. They gave them to the soldiers who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This marine warrior gave me his coin, and said, “I want you to have this. I feel you have earned it for helping us warriors with this fishing tournament and what you are doing for us.” I didn’t want to take it because I knew how important it was to him, and how rare they are, but as I looked him in the eye and saw that he felt like this was important to him, I accepted it with great honor. I thanked him for his service to our country, and for this special gift. Last year General Klemmer gave me one of his personal coins for doing what we are doing for these men and women. I’d like to once again say, “Thank you sir, it is an honor.”
You see I feel very special to get to hear and see how we have made a difference in these people’s lives. This is one on the main reasons I volunteer my time and give back so much, we can all make a difference and touch others’ lives in a positive way. Thanks to all of our veterans and those who are serving today and have given so much to our great country and our freedoms we all enjoy in America.
Flyer for Bearcat Hollow 9-28-2013
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