|Bill D'Alonzo, Ducks Unlimited board member and nominee for 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Dec. 21, 2011 – Bill D'Alonzo of Greenville, Del., has been named a finalist for the 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year
. The annual Budweiser Conservationist of the Year program recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the outdoors and conservation. The winner selects a conservation organization to receive a $50,000 grant from Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
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D'Alonzo is president and CEO of Friess Associates, manager of the Brandywine Funds and institutional portfolios for leading pension plans, foundations and endowments. He's also been a Ducks Unlimited volunteer and supporter for more than 20 years and has served on DU's development committee, finance committee and investment sub-committee. He also serves on the board of directors for DU's Wetlands America Trust and DU's national board of directors.
"We are all very proud of the years of commitment and service Bill has given to DU and conservation," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "He is highly deserving of his place in the final four and we encourage our supporters and fellow conservationists to vote for Bill this year."
Voting for the 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year will be held until Jan. 6, 2012. To vote, adults 21 and older may visit the Budweiser website and provide their information. Voters may also mail their vote on a 3-by-5 card with their name, address and age, as well as the name of the candidate. Cards should be addressed to 2012 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year, P.O. Box 750485, El Paso, TX 88575.
DU First Vice President George Dunklin Jr. received the 2009 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year award during his tenure with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The $50,000 prize helped fund major restoration work on part of Arkansas’s Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area called Wrape Plantation.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.