Get ready for an exciting Silent Auction and Raffle at the 2017 annual meeting in Tampa!  We will be contacting cities across the U.S. to put together various getaways all over the country.  Silent Auction packages will typically include a couple nights lodging, restaurant gift cards, and admission to at least one local attraction or activity.  Activities included in the packages will range from aquarium tickets to guided fishing trips.  A small number of big ticket prizes will also be up for grabs via raffle, including framed artwork and a $1,500 gift card from Carnival Cruise Lines.  Be sure to bring plenty of cash or your check book to the meeting to place a bid or buy your raffle tickets.  Trust us…there will be something for everyone.  Remember, the proceeds provide funds to the John E. Skinner Memorial Fund, which provides travel awards for students to attend AFS Annual Meetings.

If you would like to donate items to the silent auction, please contact Andy Strickland ( or Alan Collins (

Current Items

Donor Item Location
Fishing Headquarters 2 Fishing Trips Fort Lauderdale, FL
Billfish Foundation Artwork: 2 Numbered Buck Prints Fort Lauderdale, FL
J. R. Mundinger 1/2 Day Fishing Trip Lake Jackson, FL
Ingram’s Marina 2 Night Stay Lake Talquin, FL
David Boyd, Fishing Guide 1 Full Day Fishing Trip Lake Talquin, FL
J. R. Mundinger 1/2 Day Fishing Trip Lake Talquin, FL
Miami Zoo 4 Day Pass Miami, FL
Diane Peebles New Fish Print – “Leaping Tarpon” St. Petersburg, FL
Costa Sunglasses St. Petersburg, FL Push Pole/Anchor Tallahassee, FL
Comedy Club Passes Tampa, FL
Carnival Cruise Line $1,500 in Gift Cards Tampa, FL
Tampa Aquarium 2 Tickets – “Swim with the Fishes” Tampa, FL
Artist – Kathy English Prints and Posters Sweetwater, NJ
Rivergirl Fly-fishing Fly-fishing lessons, 1/2 day wading, tubing Todd, NC
Zoder’s Inn and Suites 2 Night’s Stay Gatlinburg, TN
Hillbilly Putt Putt Golf 4 Admissions Tickets Gatlinburg, TN
Rowdy Bear Roller Coaster 2 Ride Tickets Gatlinburg, TN
Big Fin Scientific drinkware and software Austin, TX