The Hampton Marine Conservation Banquet is Saturday, Aug 18 at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mt. Pleasant, and will celebrate the legacy left by Harry Hampton, a founding father in the state’s conservation movement.
Harry Hampton, born in 1897, was known for his recognition of South Carolina’s abundance of wildlife and flora, untainted rivers and pristine beaches. As a reporter for The State newspaper, Hampton’s conservation interests culminated with a massive publicity campaign to organize a game and fish association, instigate natural resources legislation and form a state game commission. The association later came to be known as the South Carolina Wildlife Federation.
The annual Hampton Marine Conservation Banquet raises funds for many conservation programs. This year’s banquet, Saturday, Aug. 18 from 6-11 p.m. at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mt. Pleasant, will feature live and silent auctions, drinks and hors d’oeuvres for all ticket holders. Ticket prices are $25 per person or $40 per couple. To purchase tickets, contact the DNR Marine Resources Division in Charleston at (843) 953-9103.
Hampton’s former words still ring true in today’s movement to protect South Carolina’s natural resources. He once said, “The preservation of our wildlife is of importance to every man, woman and child in this state, and this movement deserves the wholehearted support of every right-thinking individual within our borders, whether hunter, fisherman or not.”