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January 12, 2006

IGFA's 22nd Annual International Auction & Banquet -- online portion underway

Luxury cruise, Chevy Avalanche tops huge list of unique items for IGFA's 22nd International Auction and Banquet. On-line auction is now underway for January 27th fundraiser; AFTCO and IGFA conservation awards to be presented.

DANIA BEACH, Fla. USA --- A luxurious one week trip for 12 on a private yacht, a Chevrolet Avalanche and a 19.75 kt., diamond necklace are just three of the 250 plus featured items up for bid in the International Game Fish Association's 22nd Annual International Auction and Banquet at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., on January 27. 

The premier fundraising event for the non-profit, worldwide, membership-supported conservation, preservation and record-keeping organization will highlight more than 40 live auction items plus well over 200 silent auction items.

For the fifth year, an on-line auction of the continuously growing list is already underway at the IGFA's website www.igfa.org.  The extensive list of items includes:

  • Luxury one-week vacation for 12 on the 166 ft. expeditionary five-star super yacht, Latitude from numerous worldwide ports (Item #020).
  • From Chevrolet, a 2006 Avalanche loaded with many great features (Item #015).
  • A 19.75 kt., diamond tennis necklace from KD&G Sea Life Masterpieces (Item #012).
  • Original and limited edition artwork and sculptures by fine artists including featured world renowned wood sculptor David Wirth and his original Blue Marlin made of white ash and standing 53" tall. (Item #005).
  • Entries into tournaments worldwide, many of them 2007 Rolex/IGFA Inshore and Offshore Championship qualifying events.
  • International and domestic fishing trips, many with lodging, including perennial favorite Tropic Star Lodge in Pinas Bay, Panama (Item #035) and an eight-day fishing safari in Australia (Item #036) 
  • Cruises and vacation packages to exclusive global resorts, hotels and lodges.
  • Fishing trips in unique locations with legendary guides.
  • Game fish trophy mounts, rods, reels, tackle, fishing equipment, gold and diamond jewelry, books, clothing and more.

"Every day we're adding more exclusive and quality items in all price ranges," said Mike Myatt, corporate relations director, "so bidders should check the IGFA website often."

"In past years online bidders have won about 25 percent of the items," said Lesley Arico, special projects coordinator, "but being there live makes for a more exciting evening."

Advance tickets for the gala evening are $175 each and open to the public. An entry includes a four-course dinner with wine during the live auction, two drinks during the silent auction and a chance to win one of the many door prizes.

"We are also raffling off a Rolex Submariner watch," she said, "plus 'Go for the Gold' tickets with the winner splitting $20,000 with the IGFA Junior Angler program.  We'll also have numerous raffle prizes with tackle, line, rods, art, dinner gift certificates, theater tickets, apparel and more for an exciting evening."   

Arico said that on-line bids will be accepted with a valid credit card number and expiration date, name, address, email and contact phone number.  The on-line portion of the auction ends at 9 a.m. EST on Monday, January 23. The highest bid on each item will be the starting bid at the silent and live auction the night of the fundraiser. All on-line winners will be notified by 5:00 p.m. on January 30.

A special mail-in bid form is also available by contacting the IGFA. For additional details please contact Arico at the IGFA at 954-924-4222 or email at LArico@IGFA.org.

AFTCO and IGFA Conservation Awards to be presented

The first presentation of the Bob Herder Light Tackle Award started by the Ocean City (Md.) Light Tackle Club and the IGFA in 2005 will be made during the banquet.  Several other major awards will be presented during the evening including the Gil Keech Heavy Tackle Award established in 1998, also with the OCLTC.

In addition, the AFTCO 2005 Tag/Flag Conservation Awards will be presented to tournament winners for tagging the most fish of each category.


Founded in1939 the IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices, through science, education, rule making and record keeping. 

IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Fla.  For more information, contact the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Fla., 33004; phone 954-927-2628, fax: 954-924-4299,  e-mail: HQ@igfa.org