|Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame|
Induction Banquet 2009
June 11, 2009, Springville, TN.
This morning, Garry Mason, Founder and Executive Director of the “Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame” announced that the 2009 “Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame” Induction Banquet is scheduled for August 22, 2009 at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville, Tennessee. This is a change from the past as the banquet is scheduled for a Saturday afternoon where it has always been held on a Friday evening. The Meet and Greet will be at 3:00 p.m. and the meal seating will begin at 4:00 p.m.
The “First Lady of Hunting,” Brenda Valentine will be the Guest Speaker for this year's event. Ms. Valentine was the first lady inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame and is a great ambassador for outdoor sports, helping other ladies and children get more involved with hunting and outdoor recreation.
The guest of honor will be “Mr. B.A.S.S.” himself, Ray Scott. Mr. Scott is a 2003 Legends inductee, and has attended and participated in several of the Legends events in the past. The list of inductees for 2009 includes: Mr. Rob Keck, Ms. Emily Shaffer, Mr. Jim Crumley, Mr. Eddie Salter, Mr. Terry Redlin, Mr. Toxey Haas, Mr. Gary Yamamoto and Mr. Herb Parsons, posthumously. In addition, The National Wild Turkey Federation will be honored with a presentation of a special award in this year's banquet.
One of this year's guest speakers will again be Dana Bowman, one of the greatest motivational speakers in America. Bowman is a double amputee who has parachuted thousands of times from an airplane since losing both legs in a tragic parachuting demonstration where his jumping partner was killed. He is the only double amputee who has re-enlisted in the Army after losing both legs.
Mason emphasizes the fact that the “Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame” Induction Banquet is open to the public, giving individuals the opportunity to meet many present and former inductees of the “Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame,” a host of outdoor and country music celebrities during the Meet and Greet portion of the event as well as witnessing some of these outdoor icons being honored by their peers.