Annual Conservation Banquet

The Appalachian Habitat Association (AHA) holds an annual Conservation Banquet with the proceeds used to fund projects to improve local land habitat, provide scholarships, and fund research studies to benefit the Appalachian region of Western Virginia.

The event includes a social hour, dinner, a large variety of raffles, and an exciting live auction featuring Matt and Phillip Howell, Howell Auctioneers.  The event is the AHA's major fundraising activity. In addition, it provides an opportunity for all individuals interested in the mission of the AHA to meet, socialize and learn all about the work of the AHA.

In this post-Covid year, we were excited to welcome 341 attendees to the event which grossed $101,403.00 and netted $52,567.00 after expenses.  We are grateful to our attendees and to those noted below, who contributed generously.

We are a donation-based organization. All of our work is funded by your support. All Board Members volunteer their time and it is through your donations and support of our fundraising activities that we are able to continue this important work.

We accept donations in support of our efforts to promote education and habitat improvement throughout our region. If you would like to send a donation and earmark it for Scholarships or habitat work in a specific County, we will use your donation as directed. Send your donation by check to:  AHA, P.O. Box is 1136, Covington, VA 24426.

We thank you for it.


Debbie Barnard (Cast and Blast Worldwide)—South Africa
O.F. Mossberg and Sons., Inc/Steve Hostetter—New Haven, CT
Hanno Van Rensburg (Authentic African Adventures)—South Africa
Mof and Minnie Venter (Adansonia Safaris)—South Africa

Backwoods Trophy Outfitters – Ahoskie, NC
Bath County Anonymous
George Beckwith (Down East Guide Service)—Morehead City, NC
C.W. Burns (Burns Construction)-Millboro, VA
Buxton Farm (Toma & Sera Raycraft)
Bill and Barbara Chambers – Millboro,
Rick Daniels (Burruss Signs, Inc.)-Charlottesville, VA
Keith and Susan Eliason—Virginia Beach, VA
Martin Logging (Tracy Martin)—Millboro, VA
Plecker Construction (Timmy Plecker)—Millboro, VA
Serenity Springs Farms (Wayne & Maggie Anderson)—Millboro, VA

Alcova Mortgage – Staunton, VA
W.G. Anderson—Millboro, VA
Austin Electrical Construction and Delegate Terri Austin, 19th District,
Bank of Botetourt - Buchanan, VA
Bowlings, Falls, McCoys – Buchanan, VA
Brown Advisory – Baltimore, Charlottesville, Norfolk, and Richmond, VA
Carter Machinery Company, Inc.—Fishersville, VA
Charlie Obaugh Auto Group—Staunton, VA
CNC Fabricators—Roanoke, VA
Jonathan Cooper—Daleville, VA
Matthew Cooper— Fincastle, VA
Cornerstone Industry Solutions—Covington, VA
Countryside Service Company – Staunton, VA
Coles Mountain Building, LLC – Hot Springs, VA
W.R. Deacon & Sons—Lexington, VA
Dominion Outdoors – Fishersville, VA
Farm Credit of the Virginias—Verona, VA
Gary’s Taxidermy—Clifton Forge, VA
GD&L Excavating and Construction-Covington, VA
Guns & Trucks (Jon Trees)—Mountain Grove, VA
Hicklin Land Surveying—Millboro, VA
Highway Motors—Roanoke, VA
Hulls Mountain Hunt Club – Lexington, VA
Jennings Property Solutions, LLC – Fairfield, VA
JMM Services, LLC – Lexington, VA
 Kubota, Ben Howell, Representative SE Division
Leslie Excavating and Lawn Care- Rockbridge Baths, VA
Loan Tree Service – Millboro, VA
Ed and Teri McCoy—Buchanan, VA
Lucy and Tyler McCune—Bath County, VA
Mint Spring Equipment—Mint Spring, VA
Mossy Oak Properties Land and Farms Realty—Franklin, VA
Mountain Meadows Hunting Preserve—Greenville, WVA
Mountain Top Hunting and Fishing – Covington, VA
NTD Trucking-Lexington, VA
Nowhere Brewery—Covington, VA
Nuckols Gunworks—Staunton, VA
Jimmy Porter—Virginia Beach, VA
The Preserve at Crooked Run—Fincastle, VA
M.A. Quantz Corp. – Hot Springs, VA
Raphine Transport, LLC—Raphine, VA
River’s Bend Cabin (Beth Leffel and Darin Hall)—Eagle Rock
Rockbridge Custom Woodworks (Ryan McClung)—Fairfield, VA
Ryder Electric – Hot Springs, VA
Seibel Truck and Heavy Equipment Repair – Selma, VA
Stinespring Excavating—Millboro, VA
The Home Oil - Mitchelltown, VA
Trani Trucking, LLC, Covington, VA
Turman Forest Products – Bedford, VA
TurnKey Carpentry – Millboro, VA
Updike, Nicely & Crawford – Covington, VA
WestRock/Converter Plant—Covington and Low Moor, VA

Augusta Co-op True Value – Staunton, VA
Bath County Sheriff’s Office-Warm Springs, VA
Reed Belding—Lexington, VA
Al Bourgeois—Verona, VA
BV Fur Takers—Buena Vista, VA
Bert & Betsy Caul, Covington, VA
R. Mason Cauthorn—Millboro, VA
Craig County—Craig County, VA
Danner/Lacrosse Footwear – Portland, Oregon
Elmore Hupp & Associates – Staunton, VA
Groundscapes-Exquisite Landscape Creations--Rocky Mount, VA
A.B. Hammond – Lexington, VA
Hillbilly Handcraft, Kyle Johnson – Monterey, VA
The Inn at Warm Springs – Warm Springs, VA
Kirk Jackson—Lexington, VA
Kennedy Construction - Millboro, VA
Gordon McCoy, Jr – Lexington, VA
Tom McCraw – Goshen, VA
Cully McCurdy – Marlinton, WVA
Mountain Ridge Farm (John Quantz)—Hot Springs, VA
Nate’s Taxidermy – Fincastle, VA
Matthew Quantz, Jr—Hot Springs, VA
R/C Theatres – Reisterstown, MD
Reedy’s Archery—Amherst, VA
William Revercomb—Deerfield, VA
Brad Rhodenizer—Mount Sidney, VA
Rocky Boots – Nelsonville, OH
RX Fire – Mt. Crawford, VA
Chad Sensabaugh—Lexington, VA
Shenandoah Habitat Services – Fishersville, VA
Speyside Bourbon Cooperage Stave Mill – Millboro, VA
Wayne Thacker – Bumpass, VA
Valley Feed—Staunton, VA
Well Pet Group—Lexington, VA
Deb Wilcher—Martinsville, VA
Reed Williams—Millboro, VA
Mike & Jane Wolfe -Fincastle, VA

BG’s 1 (Craigsville, VA) and BG’s 2 (Goshen, VA)
Mark Brackenridge—Covington, VA
Country Café—Hot Springs, VA
Jon Dickeson—Lexington, VA
Game Hide Hunting Clothes - Burnsville, MN
Greentop Sporting Goods – Ashland, VA
The Hair Styling Shop - Mitchelltown, VA
The Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre – Clifton Forge, VA
Joel Hoeffner, Mossy Oak Properties, Land, and Farm Realty—Bedford, VA
James River Equipment – Fishersville, VA
Dwight Jarvis—Lexington, VA
Tony Jarvis—Lexington, VA
Pam Loudermilk—Lexington, VA
Mountain Laurel Creations – Mitchelltown, VA
Natural Bridge Animal Hospital and Boarding—Natural Bridge, CA
Quail Ridge Sporting Clays – Lexington, VA
Rockbridge Farmers Co-op – Lexington, VA
Royal Flush Amusements—Eldersburg, MD
Safeside Tactical – Roanoke, VA

Serenity Counseling Center – Blue Ridge, VA
SJ Neathawk Lumber – Covington, VA

Southern States Augusta Petroleum – Staunton
Kimberly and Jimmie Swink—Lexington, VA
Pat Trees—Mountain Grove, VA
Twin River Outfitters – Buchanan, VA

Countryside Service Company – Staunton, VA
Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR)—Richmond, VA
Farm Credit of Virginia – Verona, VA
GD&L Excavating and Construction – Covington, VA
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. – New Haven, CT
Raymond James (Jon Tuft) – St. Petersburg, FL
Safeside Tactical – Roanoke, VA
The Home Oil Company – Mitchelltown, VA
Virginia Deer Hunters Association – Richmond, VA

A Lot of Volunteer Hours Go into Putting on An Event of This Size

We Want to Thank and Acknowledge the AHA Board, Committee Members, and Volunteers Who Made This Banquet Possible

Maggie Anderson
Todd Anderson
Wayne Anderson
Brooke Bramblett
David Breedan
C.W. Burns
Bert Caul
Betsy Caul
Kathy Cauthorn
Mason Cauthorn
Jonathan Cooper
Bo Crummett
Charles Crummett
Nathan Deacon
Rick Daniels
Jason Duncan
Keith Eliason
Susan Eliason
Keith Greene
James Hancock
Joel Hoeffner
Jennifer Hoeffner
Ned Honts
Miguel Malpica
Bobby McAllister

Lynn McAllister
Ed McCoy
Gordon McCoy
Hunter McCoy
Jim McCoy
Lee McCoy
Teresa McCoy
Teri McCoy
Tom McCraw
Josh McDaniel
Nolan Nicely
Dee O’Conner
Tim Plecker
Chelsea Sales
Jacob Sales
Jimmy Swink
Kimberly Swink
Shannon Wickline
Bill Wilcher
Diane Wilcher
Michael Wilcher
Susan Wilcher
Brenda Wilhelm
Dave Wilhelm
Jane Wolfe
Mike Wolfe


With Special Thanks to Our Raffle Ticket Sales Team led by Angie Anderson

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