Giving back to our communities is an important value to Safari Club International. SCI is involved in projects that promote conservation, education and humanitarian efforts.
SCI leads the way in wildlife conservation. The overall organization as well as the local chapters are continually focusing on efforts that make a difference in the life of the environment and the animals that live there.
SCI plays a vital role in educating children and adults. In addition to hunter safety programs SCI also helps people young and old to experience the outdoors as well as spreading knowledge of conservation and wildlife management.
The SCI – Las Vegas Chapter participates in numerous projects to advance our mission.
Be sure to check out projects like these that we are proud to support thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters!
Catch-A-Dream grants once-in-a-lifetime hunting and fishing experiences to children 18 years old or younger who have a life-threatening illness.
Catch-A-Dream’s singular purpose is to provide consumptive use outdoor experiences to fill the “gap” created when the Make-A-Wish Foundation established national policy that precludes granting a child a wish that involves hunting or use of “…firearms, hunting bows, or other hunting or sport-shooting equipment.”
The Las Vegas Chapter of SCI is proud to partner with this organization. See below for pictures/letters from our most recent projects with Catch-A-Dream.
On August 28, 2020, the Las Vegas Chapter of SCI held its annual sporting clays event and fundraiser. Part of the goal for the event was to raise funds to help the family of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer, Shay Mikalonis, who was shot and severely injured in June 2020 while working crowd control at a BLM rally in Las Vegas.
The members of the club and participants in the event stepped up big to donate with several attendees donating thousands through the chapter for the Mikalonis family.
On November 18, 2020, board members from the Las Vegas Chapter were invited to attend a meeting of the Injured Police Officers Fund and delivered a check for $25,000 to be distributed through the IPOF to the Mikalonis family.
SCI Las Vegas is proud to have been able to host, assist and act as a conduit for the generosity of so many people in this important cause. Significant money was also raised at the event to be used for conservation of wildlife and the protection of the right to hunt, trap and fish both in Nevada and elsewhere.
Giving back to communities is a SCI value. Safari Care Blue Bags are filled by chapters, individual members, church groups or even groups of schoolchildren or scouts. The contents may include medical, educational, and other relief supplies, or clothing and toys. The Blue Bag is taken to remote areas of the world by hunters who have planned hunts in these regions. The supplies are delivered directly to villages, clinics, orphanages and schools, doctors, caretakers and teachers to use with people in need. SCI and SCIF, like so many organizations, put forth enormous effort each year to help improve the quality of life throughout the world.
It all started at the January 2018 SCI Las Vegas Chapter Annual Banquet. John Reich was the successful bidder on an Elk hunt that would make a dream come true for Army Sergeant Trevor Phillips. On October 1st, the opening day of the elk hunt, John set out with a goal to finally get a trophy class bull and Trevor his first bull elk. This hunt would have its challenges with Trevor, normally right handed but he would be shooting left handed since he lost most of his right arm to an IED while on patrol in Iraq. John is a well-seasoned hunter with many successful hunts all over the world and being in pretty good shape for 79, but there were still limitations.
SCI Las Vegas is a proud financial supporter of this program!
The NVFAC’s signature firearms training program “The Annie Oakley Women’s Shooting Program had its first session on April of 2017. The response from the women’s shooting community in the Las Vegas area was outstanding. On the first night over 500 were turned away. From April 25 to July 11, 2017 (11 sessions) 801 women had been trained, 1154 shooters supervised, 39 team members trained, in 23 class sessions and 31 shooting sessions.
In addition the advanced program (offered the last five weeks) was attended by 59 participants. The program has gone through 15,000 rounds of .22 LR ammo.