Beretta & SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award and Gala

10th Annual Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award Gala

On Tuesday, January 21, 2025 Safari Club International (SCI) Foundation will hold the 10th Annual Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award Gala in the Omni Nashville Hotel, Nashville, TN.

  • The award honors those unique individuals that represent the ultimate embodiment of the hunter-conservationist philosophy and contribute generously to conservation, education and humanitarian services efforts in both time and financial resources.
  • The award gala, SCI Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, features an “Oscar-style” award ceremony, gourmet dinner, entertainment, and silent and live auctions featuring elite one-of-a-kind items.
  • The money raised will be used to fund SCI Foundation’s mission programs dedicated to wildlife conservation and outdoor education.
For more information on how to become a sponsor or purchase tickets, visit or contact Kimberly Byers at or (210) 512-8061

Become A Sponsor

We invite you to become a part of the prestigious 2025 event by sponsoring or donating an item for our live or silent auctions. By supporting SCIF through your sponsorship or auction donation, your company will receive positive industry exposure though our media campaigns and event promotions as well as from the high-profile gala attendees.

2024 Award Winner

Dennis Anderson Awarded Prestigious Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award

Dennis Anderson and his wife Leean have been married 54 years and have 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  Dennis established Anderson Seafoods Inc. in 1979.  The company has become a predominant seafood processor, packaging and distributor operating in Southern California.

Dennis began hunting as a teenager without any family mentors. He felt like it was “in the blood.”  Joining SCI in the late 80’s, he was exposed to the concept of conservation. His involvement in the local SCI Chapter led to Mission Projects, including Conservation, Education and Humanitarian efforts.  It wasn’t just about donating money, but that the volunteer effort to the general public on the value of conservation as it relates to wildlife longevity and availability.  The Youth Safari Day Event established with his leadership in So Cal successfully involved thousands of youths, each year, in the outdoors through activities and events. This event engaged our youth in all the missions of conservation, education, and humanitarian efforts.  Having served as the SCI California Legislative Coordinator for 25 years, he collaborated with legislators regarding wildlife conservation issues.

Dennis has hunted all over the globe.  He earned the SCI World Conservation and Hunting Award.  He has also been awarded the SCI World Hunting Award Ring, Grand Slam Ovis Triple Slam Award, and the Ullmann 5th Echelon for Europe.  Dennis has proudly received the SCI Hall of Fame Award.  He has contributed financially, as well as volunteered time to the following organizations: SCIF Hunter Legacy, SCIF Hunter Legacy – Legacy Member, Hunter Proud Foundation, Conklin Foundation, Weatherby Foundation, Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep Society, Grand Slam Ovis, Wild Sheep Foundation, Conservation Force, Youth Safari Day Foundation, SCIF Lion and Shield (Ruby Level), SCIF Sables, and the SCI Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters.

Previous Award Winners

2023 Award Winner

Mary Cabella

Mary Cabela Awarded Prestigious Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award

Mary Cabela was born in Wyoming where small-game hunting with her brother provided the foundation of her passion for the outdoors. Nearby plains, mountains, and rivers blessed her with endless adventures. She attended high school in Sidney, Nebraska where she met the love of her life, Dick Cabela. Together, they explored the plains of Nebraska. Together, they raised nine children. Together, they founded one of the world’s best known outdoor companies. Together, they hunted the world. They shared a passion for God, family, and wild places. Those passions defined their lives and became one continuous adventure so interconnected they could not tell where one began or one ended. They understood God in their family, their family in the outdoors, and the outdoors in God.

Nearly all Mary’s efforts, time, and treasure have been given in one form or another to God, her family, and the outdoors. Love requires action and by simply taking her children and grandchildren hunting, she passed on the seeds for tomorrow’s conservationists. But because of her love, she did so much more as she continued to hunt, to give, to serve and to share her passions for conservation with others. Throughout her life, Mary was a strong supporter of many conservation organizations and initiatives. Her most recent focus was the transformation of The Cabela Family Foundation into one of the world’s foremost conservation foundations specializing in highly impactful projects that promise long-term sustainability.

Bold initiatives such as 24 Lions and 12 Cheetahs promise to restore and sustain large predators to wild areas where they once thrived, thus helping to ensure these iconic species always inhabit natural, wild landscapes.

2022: Arturo J. Gutierrez, Sr

Arturo J. Gutierrez, Sr. Awarded Prestigious Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award

Arturo J. Gutierrez, Sr. was honored on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 with the prestigious Beretta & SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award for his efforts demonstrating extensive international hunting experience and a lifetime of commitment to wildlife conservation and outdoor education through volunteer service and philanthropy.

Arthur was born in Havana, Cuba in 1938. He came to Boston in 1957 and attended MIT where he earned Bachelors and Masters of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida and has four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In 1978 Arthur started The Gutierrez Company, a real estate development and construction company doing business in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. He retired in 2015. Along with his grandson and daughter, Arthur owns The Legends Ranch in Bitely, Michigan. In 2018 he built and opened The Gutierrez Wildlife Center on the grounds of The Legends Ranch to promote education regarding scientific, environmental and conservation of wildlife. The Center currently has over 2,800 animals with over 270 species and includes 35 SCI #1’s, 144 Top 10’s and 221 Top 20’s.

Arthur began hunting at an early age with his father and uncle in Cuba and joined SCI in 1987. He is a life member of SCI, the SCI New England Chapter, the NRA as well as a member of the SCI Foundation Hunter Legacy Fund. His interest in SCI programs began in 1993, when, during his first trip to Africa, he shot the #1 Klipspringer. Since then, he has entered 614 record book entries and has collected numerous SCI World Hunting Awards including the World Hunting and Conservation Award.

2020: Brian and Denise Welker
2019: Byron and Sandra Sadler
2018: Ralph and Deb Cunningham