Ducks Unlimited raises money for preservation

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Ducks Unlimited raffled off artwork during a banquet yesterday evening to raise money for the local chapter.

The event was an annual fund-raiser for the group. Ducks Unlimited promotes the conservation of wetlands for the inhabitation of waterfowl. Through conservation the group hopes to maintain waterfowl for enjoyment through observation and sport hunting.

The group raised money by charging $45 a person and $65 for a couple to eat at the banquet. They also offered those in attendance a change to buy raffle tickets for $100 a ticket.

The banquet kept with the wildlife theme, by offering gamey entrees such a quail legs wrapped in bacon and dipped in sesame sauce, elk chili, duck quesadillas and trout. The cooks for the dinner were Gayle Rayfield and Morris Cain.

The group also welcomed some new members to the organization with an announcement by Copeland.

Some items up for auction were numerous prints of wildlife art, sculptures guns and other regalia. The biggest item up for bid was a four-person combination dove and quail hunt at Quail Valley, an item that sported an estimated $1,400 value.

The auction was officiated by Jimmie Charles and the spotter for the event was Kim McNeal.