Heartbroken Hunters, DSC to Honor Chris Kyle
DALLAS (Feb 13, 2013)—Chris Kyle’s fame as a decorated sniper and SEAL legend made him a celebrity. But it was his humble, affable, giving nature—and his loyal
volunteerism for people and causes he loved—that made him a star.
The chance to spend time afield with Kyle was a hot commodity at the
early-January Dallas Safari Club (DSC) convention and expo. Two buyers at a DSC
charity auction paid a whopping $42,500 for a big-game hunt alongside their
hero. All proceeds were earmarked to help two causes close to Kyle’s
heart—veterans and wildlife conservation.
Kyle was murdered just days after the auction.
Although the buyers will never take their dream hunt, they want the money to go
where Kyle planned.
The $42,500—more than three times the retail value of the African plains game
hunt—will be split two ways. Half will benefit the Boot Campaign, an
organization that raises awareness of the challenges faced by US troops when
they return home. The other half will go to the Dallas Ecological Foundation, a
DSC affiliate that serves as a grant and funding medium for DSC conservation
and education programs worldwide.
Ben Carter, DSC executive director, said, “This hunt had a specified monetary
value, but the buyers considered it priceless because they would be hunting
alongside a true American hero. Chris was thrilled with the results of the
auction then, and I know he’d be pleased now that the money he helped generate
will go where it was promised.”
Kyle was an avid hunter, conservationist, DSC volunteer and honorary life
member, and the keynote speaker at a life-member breakfast during the DSC
convention and expo in January.
DSC President Allen Moore said, “Our entire organization is heartbroken over
this tragic loss. I hope our members will join our board of directors and me in
honoring this special DSC member. Together we can give something back to Chris
by helping his family. He stepped up for DSC and now it’s time for us to step
up for him.”
Donations can be made by check payable either to the Chris Kyle Memorial Trust,
which was established for Kyle’s wife, Taya, and their two children, or
specifically to Taya Kyle. Send the check to Dallas Safari Club, 13709 Gamma
Road, Dallas, Texas 75244.
Moore said DSC will be honored to deliver donations to the Kyle family.
About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent nonprofit organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at www.biggame.org.