Blackhawk Diamond Gala raises more than $450,000, honors Pepper Snyder

DU President Doug Schoenrock, Event co-chairs David Grieve and Paul Bonderson, honoree Pepper Snyder

DU President Doug Schoenrock, Event co-chairs David Grieve and Paul Bonderson, honoree Pepper Snyder

After a two-year hiatus, more than 200 Ducks Unlimited members, guests and volunteers celebrated the 10th Anniversary Diamond Gala at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, California, in March.

DU Volunteer Pepper Snyder was honored at the event for being a champion of conservation whose leadership, generosity and philanthropy has impacted wetlands and waterfowl in California and beyond.

Snyder first became involved with DU in the early 1990s. In 2018, he was elected to DU’s national board of directors. Snyder is chairman and CEO of Sprig Electric and has served as president of the Grassland Water District for more than 35 years. A Bay Area resident, he began hunting the Grasslands at the age of 15.

DU President Doug Schoenrock kicked off the evening with a cordial welcome on behalf of the DU board. Then, seated amidst the world-renowned Blackhawk collection of vintage cars, attendees enjoyed a meal and live auction featuring a select group of unique items.

A highlight of the evening was a specially produced video honoring Snyder and featuring interviews with friends and colleagues.

The event raised more than $450,000 for wetlands conservation.

“We were thrilled to finally gather together in person again,” said Past DU President and Event Co-chair Paul Bonderson. “Our 10th Anniversary Gala was a resounding success, due in large part to my good friend, Pepper Snyder. Thanks to everyone who attended, and we’ll see you again next year!”

Ducks Unlimited Inc. 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 15 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. For more information on our work, visit