Ducks Unlimited dinner raises $50,000 for waterfowl

2012 event's proceeds double that of last year
Denise Bateman, Wendy Harrington and Jamie Loucks were happy to babysit a chocolate Labrador puppy during the Eastern Sussex Chapter Ducks Unlimited dinner. BY DENNIS FORNEY
December 10, 2012

Efforts to preserve wetlands and nesting habitat for migrating waterfowl grew at least $50,000 stronger last Friday night, Nov. 30, at the annual Eastern Sussex Chapter of Ducks Unlimited Dinner. Held at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, the event drew its strongest crowd in years. More than 300 people of all ages were buying everything from trips to the Caribbean and Napa Valley's wine country, shotguns, pistols and cross bows, to waterfowl art, puppies and dozens of silent auction items.

Eastern Sussex Treasurer Ed Brown estimated this year's event will net at least $50,000 for Ducks Unlimited's conservation efforts in the US, Canada and Mexico. “We doubled what we did last year so we're very pleased,” said Brown.

David Humes drew the winning ticket to attempt a 50-foot putt for a 2012 Ford 4x4 pick-up. His putt rolled straight and true and had the crowd holding its breath but it lipped out at the last minute and the insurance adjusters – who paid out last year when Logan Bellinger sank a putt for a new car – breathed a sigh of relied. “If Dave's ball had dropped instead of just missing I'm sure we would have been uninsurable next year,” said Brown.

Eastern Sussex Chapter, which annually ranks as one of the nation's top 100 fundraising chapters, will host its Joe Ferraro Camo Shoot at Owens Station this weekend. Anyone interested in this sporting clays event should contact Eastern Sussex Chairman Andy Cannon at 302-381-4605.