By Dryden Observer Staff
A new Eagle-Wabigoon Chapter of Ducks Unlimited held a successful inaugural fundraiser at North Shore Lodge, Sept. 19.
Over a meal of prime rib or Cornish hen, served local caterer Nancy Ross, the 65 dinner guests lent their support to Ducks Unlimited’s mandate to raise awareness and protect wild bird habitat across North America.
One of the main ways of raising money is having local dinners that include raffles, silent auctions and live auctions. At the Eagle-Wabigoon Dinner prints from Terry Redlin and Burton Penner were part of the available prizes as were outstanding furniture pieces, other art and even a two-day muskie fishing trip and a locally grown 12-pound chicken.
According to the Eagle-Wabigoon Ducks Unlimited Chapters Chairman Drew Myers, the success of this year’s dinner is already getting those that were at the dinner interested in the next event and has spurred interest in others who missed the event but want to attend next year.
“People are already asking to be put on the list for tickets next year once they heard what a great time everyone had.” said Myers.
The event this year took in a little over $18,000.
Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Rob Watson, the evening’s emcee as well as the senior manager for events and volunteer relations, was impressed with the venue and the support for the organization.
“As the Northern Ontario representative for DUC, it is always exciting to see new Volunteer Committees come together and put their efforts into raising funds for wetland conservation in Ontario,” said Watson. “The Eagle-Wabigoon Committee Chair, Drew Myers, was born and raised believing in DUC thanks to his father’s long-standing support and volunteering in Southern Ontario; to see Drew start-up a new committee and help him host an enjoyable and entertaining evening right in his own community – to meet the other volunteers and see their enthusiasm and dedication – is particularly gratifying. I look forward to working with the Eagle-Wabigoon Committee toward hosting many more successful fundraisers such as this past weekend’s.”
Ducks Unlimited Director Greg Weeks, visiting from Port Perry, ON remarked, “…for more than 75 years Ducks Unlimited has been preserving precious wildlife habitat and today is recognized throughout North America as one of the most respected conservation organizations. This would never have been possible without the contribution of our network of dedicated volunteers working in their communities holding fund raising events like the Eagle Lake Dinner. Not only did Drew Myers and his committee make a real financial contribution to putting habitat on the ground, they provided their community with a great way to spend a Saturday night. I will make the effort to attend next year.”