2017 Weekend for Wildife Logo

W is a one-of-a-kind getaway to one of Georgia’s most prestigious coastal resorts. As guests of this magnificent two-day event, you will have the opportunity to participate in unique excursions, as well as an exciting banquet and verbal auction featuring original artwork and exclusive treasures. As you bask in the luxurious comforts of Sea Island’s amenities, you will—most importantly—serve as VIPs to conservation of Georgia’s natural resources.

Overview

Join the Governor, First Lady and DNR Commissioner Mark Williams for the 30th annual Weekend for Wildlife, Jan. 26-27 at the Cloister Resort, Sea Island.

Visit wild coastal places on trips led by experts. Enjoy a Friday night cocktail hour, private concert and our silent auction rich in getaways, artwork and wildlife memorabilia. Revel in Saturday night’s exciting banquet and verbal auction.

Weekend for Wildlife is one of the nation’s most successful conservation events, raising more than $10 million since 2001 to conserve Georgia's nongame—native wildlife not legally fished for or hunted.

The 2018 Weekend will continue to provide valuable support for the DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section, which depends largely on fundraisers, grants and direct contributions for its vital mission: conserving nongame. These animals and plants include hundreds of special-concern species. Nongame, and the habitats they depend on, enrich our lives, our economy and our future.

Through the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, Weekend for Wildlife will also strengthen the broad mission of DNR, to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations.

Sponsorship

Sponsorship of Weekend for Wildlife brings a variety of special benefits, including early event registration beginning October 2, 2017. Sponsorship levels begin at $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for businesses. Note: In order to have the logo or name recognized in any printed materials for Weekend for Wildlife, the sponsorship must be received by January 10, 2018.

  • 6 complimentary Weekend for Wildlife registrations (includes excursions, 30th Anniversary Concert Friday night, and Banquet Saturday night)
  • 3 complimentary rooms at The Cloister for Friday and Saturday nights
  • 6 tickets to the Friday night sponsor reception
  • 2 seats at the head table for the Saturday night banquet and auction
  • 4 seats on the Governor’s Excursion
  • Full-page advertisement in the Weekend for Wildlife program
  • Use of the Weekend for Wildlife logo on the sponsor’s Web site and other publications (as approved by DNR) through September 2018
  • Logo recognition on the DNR Weekend for Wildlife Web site through July 2018
  • 4 complimentary Weekend for Wildlife registrations (includes excursions, 30th Anniversary Concert Friday night, and Banquet Saturday night)
  • 2 complimentary rooms at The Cloister for Friday and Saturday nights
  • 4 tickets to the Friday night sponsor reception
  • 4 seats on the Governor’s Excursion
  • Half-page advertisement in the Weekend for Wildlife program
  • Use of the Weekend for Wildlife logo on the sponsor’s Web site and other publications (as approved by DNR) through September 2018
  • Logo recognition on the DNR Weekend for Wildlife Web site through July 2018
  • 2 complimentary Weekend for Wildlife registrations (includes excursions, 30th Anniversary Concert Friday night, and Banquet Saturday night)
  • 1 complimentary room at The Cloister for Friday and Saturday nights
  • 2 tickets to the Friday night sponsor reception
  • Quarter-page advertisement in the Weekend for Wildlife program
  • Use of the Weekend for Wildlife logo on the sponsor’s Web site and other publications (as approved by DNR) through September 2018
  • Logo recognition on the DNR Weekend for Wildlife Web site through July 2018
  • 2 complimentary Weekend for Wildlife registrations (includes excursions, 30th Anniversary Concert Friday night, and Banquet Saturday night)
  • 2 tickets to the Friday night sponsor reception
  • Recognition in the Weekend for Wildlife program
  • Use of the Weekend for Wildlife logo on the sponsor’s Web site and other publications (as approved by DNR) through September 2018
  • Logo recognition on the DNR Weekend for Wildlife Web site through July 2018
  • 2 complimentary Weekend for Wildlife registrations (includes excursions, 30th Anniversary Concert Friday night, and Banquet Saturday night)
  • 2 tickets to the Friday night sponsor reception
  • Recognition in the Weekend for Wildlife program
  • Recognition on the DNR Weekend for Wildlife Web site through July 2018

Comparison of Benefits

table of sponsorship benefits

Additional Benefits

Signature Level

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will also recognize each of the event’s Signature Sponsors as partners in wildlife conservation during one nongame media event of their choice. All promotions for the event will highlight the Sponsor.

Your logo will feature prominently on the cover of both the Event Program and Auction Booklet for Weekend for Wildlife if the sponsorship is received by January 10, 2018. All guests receive these materials.

Signature & Gold Levels

Weekend for Wildlife advertising and press prior to the event will promote all Signature and Gold Sponsors. This will include advertisements in magazines, such as GeorgiaTrend, and email solicitations to DNR audiences. DNR personnel with live wildlife will visit one upcoming function for each Sponsor. Your next event will be wild!

All Levels

All sponsors are given a preferred selection of the event excursions. Please contact Melissa Cummings to confirm your trip as soon as possible: 706.557.3326 or melissa.cummings@dnr.ga.gov.

CLICK HERE TO PLEDGE YOUR SPONSORSHIP TODAY!

Trips

You may browse this year's selection of trips using the link below:

Trips

Preparing for Trips

Overdressing is recommended! Winter temperatures on the coast vary widely. Be aware that boating trips will have more exposure to the outdoor elements.

Suggested items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Windbreaker or heavier coat
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the trip start time. While weather affects all outdoor trips, for those rated weather-dependent, conditions are critical for safety and other issues. We will work to alert you as soon as possible if a trip is cancelled and advise you of other options.

    Choosing Trips

    All registrants will be contacted regarding trip selection after you submit your registration form. Sponsors, please contact Melissa Cummings as soon as possible to coordinate your trip or trips at 706.557.3326 or melissa.cummings@dnr.ga.gov.

Registration

Event Brochure

The 2018 event brochure can be downloaded at the link below.

Brochure

General Registration

To register, use the following steps:

  1. Click here to sign-up and purchase your registration(s).
  2. Click here to make your trip preferences.

All registrants will receive a confirmation call to finalize trip selections and other event details when the form is received.

Sponsor Registration

Sponsor Registration opens October 2, 2017.

Sponsors may pledge using the link below or contact Amber Carter at 404.232.1474 or amber.carter@dnr.ga.gov with sponsorship inquiries. We will contact you shortly after receipt of your pledge to confirm arrangements.

PLEDGE FORM

Donations

Be part of the event!

Artwork from a past Silent Auction

In 2017, the Weekend for Wildlife silent and verbal auctions raised almost $250,000 for wildlife conservation. These auctions continue to play an important role in this annual fundraiser and donations for the 2018 event are being accepted.

How you can help:

  • Donate a unique item or service for the silent auction.
  • Donate something extraordinary for the verbal auction.
  • Donate 150 items for the event welcome bags.

To donate, please complete the form below. Submit the form and send your donation to Linda May at linda.may@dnr.ga.gov by December 31, 2017.

Linda May
GA DNR/Weekend for Wildlife
116 Rum Creek Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029
Letter to Donors Auction Form

Contact

Event Coordinator — Amber Carter
404.232.1474
amber.carter@dnr.ga.gov

Thank You!

Your contributions support:

Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Logo The Environmental Resources Network Logo Georgia Department of Natural Resources: Wildlife Resources Division Logo