Event Information

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Racquet & Tennis Club of New York City

370 Park Avenue, NY, 10022

Evening Schedule:

5:30 PM: Leadership Circle cocktail reception

6:15 PM: General cocktail reception

7:00 PM: Dinner and live auction with auctioneer Nick Dawes

8:00 PM: Award presentation

Guest Speaker

Johnny Morris
Founder & CEO, Bass Pro Shops
Founder, The Wonders of Wildlife National Aquarium and Museum

Event Committee

Lauren Gay
Gary Grant
David Jones
Karen Kaplan
Martin MacDonald
Andrew Ward

About the Honorees

President Jimmy Carter is a skilled fly fisherman and fly tier, known for his extensive angling library. He is an admired conservation proponent and was responsible for the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, which protects more than 150 million acres of wild lands and scenic rivers. He and his wife, Rosalynn, have fished throughout the world and The Carter Presidential Library devoted an exhibit to the sport. The Carter Center, established in 1982 in partnership with Emory University, is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. President Carter became a Nobel Laureate in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

President George H. W. Bush spent many of his fishing hours in Maine and the Florida Keys. His concern for environmental issues is reflected in the revisions to the Clean Air Act in 1990 and the Global Change Research Act of 1990. He established 56 wildlife refuges, restored three million acres of wetlands, and protected 17.8 million acres of public lands during his presidency. President Bush enjoyed the distinction of having the most national marine sanctuaries (six) designated during any presidential administration. He received the Keep America Fishing award for his key role in passing amendments to the Sportfish Restoration Act. He said of fly fishing, “There is something more sporting, more competitive, more difficult, more challenging about using a fly rod.” The George and Barbara Bush Foundation works to “educate our citizenry and inspire the leaders of tomorrow for lives devoted to serving their country and their fellow citizens.”

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