Country music superstar Chris Janson took to the stage to kick off the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) 17th Annual Wine, Wheels & Wildlife at the beautiful Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina. Hosted by none other than NASCAR Hall of Famer and Vice-Chair of the CSF Board of Directors Richard Childress as well as Title Sponsors Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, this year’s event brought together a number of representatives from the hunting and angling industry to recognize the tremendous achievements set forth by CSF across America.
Hunting and angling are what this country was built upon and are woven into the cultural fabric of communities across all 50 states. America’s sportsmen and women are the foundation of our nation’s conservation legacy, highlighting the importance of ensuring our outdoor traditions are protected and advanced in the policy arena for generations to come.
For more than 30 years, CSF has been at the forefront fighting to protect these great outdoor traditions and is the tip of the spear when it comes to working with Congress, governors and state legislators on behalf of America’s sportsmen and women. Just last year, CSF helped to secure passage of historic legislation including the Great American Outdoors Act and the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, two of the most significant pieces of legislation for sportsmen and women in a lifetime. This year, CSF is leading efforts on landmark legislation such as Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“I am honored to be a long-standing partner of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “The work they do on behalf of all of us as sportsmen and women across all levels of government, is what sets them apart from other organizations. By bringing their personal outdoors experience with their strong background in policy, they have the depth and breadth to ensure these great traditions will be secured for our future generations.”
Attended by leaders of the sportsmen’s community, NASCAR representatives, federal and state elected officials representing both sides of the aisle, and other CSF supporters, this year’s event demonstrated the camaraderie that has been built among these various groups for the betterment of sportsmen and women.
“CSF is grateful for the continued support of Richard Childress in hosting this annual event for nearly 20 years,” said CSF President Jeff Crane. “For CSF staff, the work we do isn’t just a job. We take great pride in being able to effectuate change on policies that impact the hunting and angling traditions we cherish. This event is critical in supporting the ongoing efforts of the Foundation, not just in North Carolina, but across the nation.”
Other notable guests included retired United States Marine and host of FOX Nation Outdoors Joey Jones who addressed CSF’s Sporting Society members before the event, David Griffin Jr. who led the effort to clean up the World Trade Center after 9/11, and outdoor media personality Eva Shockey, among others.
The event concluded with a live auction as a part of the night’s entertainment to help CSF further its mission to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping in the halls of government.
Title Sponsors of the event included Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Childress Vineyards and Richard Childress Racing.