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Reno, Nevada – Safari Club International (SCI) is pleased to announce that MaryAnn Sachman is the 2009 winner of the prestigious SCI Diana Award.

Named for the huntress of Roman mythology, the Diana Award recognizes the women of SCI who have excelled in international big game hunting. Award winners have shown exemplary ethics in the field, remained committed to the mission statement of SCI, and have personally given their time and energies to enhance wildlife conservation and education.

MaryAnn Sachman is a lifetime member of SCI and has been a member of the New York Tri-State Chapter for many years, where she has chaired various committees and events.  She has served on the SCI Board of Directors as Chapter President and is a member of the SCIF Hunter Legacy 100 Fund.

Under Sachman’s leadership the New York Tri-State Sables donated over $40,000 to organizations and direct need recipients.  She has supported rhinos in Zimbabwe, sent thousands of pounds of books to Africa, provided funds to the Girls Scouts of America to visit Africa and has sponsored students and teachers attending the American Wilderness Leadership School.

The chapter also funded programs such as the Roosevelt Sanctuary, the Leithen Valley Trophy Hunts, Zambia Village Project, Disabled Hunter program and Dream Hunt.  Under her leadership and vision, the NY Tri-State Chapter is once again growing strong with new members and chapter participation.

The Diana Award was conferred upon Sachman this week during SCI’s 37th Annual Hunters’ Convention, in Reno, Nevada.