For immediate release: October 18, 2017
Contact: Andrew Walker, Foundation President & CEO, 941 809-7805 or awalker@wildlifeflorida.org

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Adam Putnam to Speak at Conservation & Hurricane Irma Relief Fundraiser

Mr. Adam Putnam

Tampa, FL (October 18, 2017) – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will be the featured speaker at this week’s BlueGreen 2017, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida’s annual fund-raising dinner.

The October 21st evening event will be held at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Monies raised will support conservation and outdoor recreation in Florida, including summer camps and other outdoor programs for youth.

A portion of the proceeds will also be devoted to assisting Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) officers and biologists whose homes have been lost or badly damaged by Hurricane Irma. One hundred, twenty-five FWC staff traveled to Houston to rescue more than 500 people caught in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey, only to experience the worst of Hurricane Irma at home.

“We’re honored to have Commissioner Putnam and his wife join us Saturday evening,” said Foundation Board Member Rodney Barreto. “He’s an avid outdoorsman and committed to the conservation and sustainable use and enjoyment of Florida’s natural resources and wildlife.”

Commissioner Putnam led successful multi-agency efforts earlier this year to halt decimation of the endangered Key deer population by a parasitic fly that also presented a danger to Florida livestock. Thanks to quick action by the Florida Department of Agriculture and its partners, a major conservation and agricultural crisis was averted.

About the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other public and private partners to conserve Florida’s outstanding fish and wildlife. The charity watchdog Guidestar rates the Foundation as a “Gold” organization; more information can be found at http://www.wildlifeflorida.org. More information on Saturday’s BlueGreen 2017 benefit can be found at http://www.BlueGreen2017.org or by calling 813 391-8361.