New “Ding” Darling Memorial Award to continue epic legacy

Nominations for the Jay N. “Ding” Darling Memorial Award for Wildlife Stewardship Through Art and all remaining awards will be accepted through May 1. Visit the Darling Memorial Award webpage or our general awards page to learn more about this and other awards.

The first Jay N. “Ding” Darling Memorial Award for Wildlife Stewardship through Art will be presented at this year’s Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Nominations for the award are being accepted through May 1, 2016.

The new award seeks to honor Darling’s legacy by recognizing an outstanding work of art, or an artistic entity, that furthers the interests of wildlife and habitat conservation through art

“Jay N. ‘Ding’ Darling was all about cooperative partnership. He understood the importance of private/public initiatives,” said Sam Koltinsky, who created the award with The Wildlife Society. Koltinsky is the owner of Marvo Entertainment Group, and a nationally recognized Jay N. “Ding” Darling expert who champions the family interests of Darling’s grandson, Christopher “Kip” Koss, and his wife, Andrea. “Darling’s legacy is one of bringing people together. The logic of Darling’s legacy demonstrates who we as Americans are, when we are at our best.”

To nominate an individual or a group for the award, at least two parties besides the nominator must provide statements supporting the piece of art.

Header Image: Marvo Entertainment owner Sam Koltinsky with TWS COO Ed Thompson. Koltinsky was the driving force behind the inauguration of the "Ding" Darling Memorial Award and will serve on the selection subcommittee.