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02/14/2014

Oklahoma Volunteer Introduces Women to the Outdoors, Wins Award



Pattie Bing
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.— When Pattie Bing's name comes up, the words "exceptional" and "tireless volunteer" likely follow. For lending her time and talents to the NWTF's Women in the Outdoors program, Bing earned a national award.

Bing accepted the Annie Oakley Award — the highest honor given to a Women in the Outdoors volunteer — during the 38th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn. MidwayUSA was the official show sponsor.

"It's a great honor to feel appreciated, and winning this award is a great accomplishment," Bing said. "But I'm the one who needs to thank the NWTF and the team who helps me. If it wasn't for the NWTF giving me opportunities to get outdoors, I wouldn't live the blessed life I do now. Volunteering is a way to appreciate what's been given to me and to introduce new people to the outdoor lifestyle I enjoy so much."

The NWTF determined this year's award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization's new Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Bing's dedication bolsters this initiative by introducing women — potential conservationists and hunters — to outdoor pursuits in her home state of Oklahoma.

Annie Oakley might be best known for her shooting skills, but she also inspired decades of women to try something new. The same is true for Bing. Whether she's teaching women to make antler jewelry, serving as a committee member for her local Three Rivers Limbhangers NWTF Chapter or serving as Oklahoma's Women in the Outdoors coordinator, she inspires others.

"Pattie attended a national Women in the Outdoors event at NWTF headquarters, and returned to Oklahoma fired up about getting women involved," said Gary Purdy, NWTF regional director. "She not only started an event, she began recruiting women to coordinate new events, teach classes and attend. Pattie is relentless in promoting Women in the Outdoors and she's always willing to try new ideas to improve the program."

The NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million new hunters and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

For more information about the Annie Oakley Award or other convention highlights, contact Melanie Swearingen at mswearingen@nwtf.net or (803) 637-7634.

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