United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit national wish granting charity that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams! USSA adventures give our youth and veterans something to look forward to, and help sustain them in their time of need! Families are whisked away from the mundane, man-made world of hospitals, and high medical bills by giving them a place of peace to focus on the quality of life, family ties, and the wonders of our natural world! USSA is composed of a 100% volunteer staff from all walks of life, bonded together by a common love for our fellow mankind and a deep respect and appreciation of our world's natural resources. By working cooperatively with caring "Adventure" donors as well as generous individual and corporate sponsors, USSA has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of children, disabled veterans and their families. The public's image of all sportsmen is enhanced, through this valuable community service and new lifelong friendships are made! To learn more about USSA read on.
Adam Bernarde, USSA Advisory Council
My name is Adam Bernarde; my family consists of my wife, Lisa, my three kids, Sara Beth, Hunter, Lillian, and all the various dogs. I got the love of the outdoors from my Dad. As early as 3 years old he would carry me on his shoulders while coon hunting. I in turn have the honor and privilege to do the same with my own kids, and they have shown me that they are my greatest joy in the field.
I started teaching hunter safety 10 years ago and enjoy teaching the kids as well as all the adults that take the course.
How did I get started with USSA? Well this enthusiastic lady Brigid calls me at 10:00 PM. she tells me about a hunt that she is putting on about 5 mile from my house, but needs some help. Brigid asks if I can help her out with a hunter education refresher course. After she explained who this hunt was for, I just couldn't say no.
The reason I couldn't say no was because of a country song that just came out. You see my wife and I just had our first child. A little girl we named Sara Beth Hope Bernarde. It only took five years and an invetro clinic to get her. Well this country song comes out and tells a story of Sara Beth on how she gets diagnosed with cancer when she turns sixteen. I thought of all the good fortune that I have had in my life and realized that without my daughter having the opportunity to be in the field with me it was not complete. So, a month after her birth she started to ride along with me when I checked traps. Having my kids in the field with me has since been the greatest joy in life.
I wish to share the opportunity and provide the knowledge to all that I can, so that you and your families can have your own memories in the field. It has been said that your worth is not what you leave this world with but what you leave behind. We all must do what we can to provide for the future. Teaching the next generations on how to be safe while handling firearms and safety a field is my chosen part.
May you all have a safe and memorable time a field in whatever endeavors you choose.
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2014 Summerfest Event – Resounding success!!
Many thanks to our Committee for their hard work and dedication. They did a great job of running the event and helping instill memories that will last a lifetime.
A very special thank you for the sponsors, donors, exhibitors, anglers, and Saddle Mound Cranberry Marsh who without their support this event would not be possible.
Safari Club International Foundation
Since 2000, SCI Foundation (SCIF) has provided $47 million to conservation, wildlife education, and humanitarian programs around the world. Growth of SCIF has continued to gain momentum through charitable donations from SCI members and direct grants from local chapters and the SCI organization. A recent effort that just completed its fund-raising drive is the Hunter Legacy Fund which is a dedicated funding source for wildlife conservation . This endowment was created by one hundred individuals and corporations, dedicating a pledge of $100,000 to create a $10 million endowment to ensure conservation programs of SCIF will continue long into the future. A similar effort kicked off in 2008 to create an endowment for conservation education.
With recent expenditures exceeding $5 million annually, SCI Foundation has continued to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs which show the importance of the hunting community in society. A project nearing completion, called the "White Book", will showcase nearly 150 conservation projects where SCIF has made major contributions to the world of wildlife management.
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USSA is a registered 501(c)(3) national organization; 100% volunteer based. Your "Donation" is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Whether you are a business, an organization, a foundation, a governmental agency, outfitter, landowner, or a private citizen looking to make a difference, USSA has an "option" to make your involvement simple AND rewarding!
Our Sponsor's dollars help USSA meet its numerous operational expenses in addition to playing a greater role in large scale group events. Sponsorship dollars also subsidize travel expenses for our "recipients" to and from the field, license fees, taxidermy expense, and game processing.
II. Donors and Partners
USSA Donors are the "field generals" of our charity. These are the people and operations that are on the front lines, donating hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, and water sports adventures to our nations less fortunate sportsmen and women. Our donors are a diverse group. They are our country's land owner's outfitters, preserve owners, fishing lodge owners, boat owners and campground owners to name a few examples. Without their generosity and compassion, USSA would be just another charity. If you have any "outdoor type" service you would like to offer please let us know. If you have any unique outdoor experience you would like to offer, please let us know, and we will post your special opportunity under one of our homepage adventure buttons called "Other Activities". We will then help coordinate the wish for you and your recipient.
Our USSA Partners are organizations and operations that share a common cause and philosophy about human dignity, conservation, and outdoor sports. Partners can contribute valuable services, like media and communications or intangibles like providing a united solid front on key conservation, education and sportsmanship issues. If you would like to become a partner and be listed on our web site, please contact us at: "Contact USSA"
Partner, Donor, Sponsor and Member support is essential to promoting a new era of outdoor sports for the 21st century. A united voice with ALL concerned operations and organizations is crucial to see the mission to a successful end.
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