GODFREY | During the 78th Annual Alton Migratory Waterfowle fundraising dinner, preserving and protecting existing habitats will be the focus.
Illinois’ oldest Ducks Unlimited chapter will lay stake in Alton and hold its annual dinner on Saturday, Aug 1, at the Godfrey Knights of Columbus Hall on Stamper Road.
“Every year we try to outdo the year before,” Ducks Unlimited event organizer Scott Dorris said. “We’ve averaged upwards of 200 people for the last several years. We hope to reach that margin and raise upwards of $20,000. The money raised in Illinois is mainly put towards Illinois. With the Illinois River, Mississippi River and the Confluence, we have a good portion of migration right here through this area.”
Dorris promises the event will provide something for everyone.
“We will have gun raffles, prints and hunting gear and equipment,” he said. “People can participate in silent auctions, ladies only raffles and games. This is not an event where people will just sit around; there are a lot of things to do for everyone. We will also have two black lab puppies that will be auctioned to great families.”
Money raised will go towards protecting existing habitats such as wetlands and preserves. Monetary funds will also go towards the development of newer land for migratory birds to encourage breeding.
Dinner and DU membership tickets are $45 each, $75 for couples, with discounts available for participants of the 2015 Alton DU Sporting Clay shoot.
Sponsorships are $300 and include membership, decals, a 12-month subscription to the Ducks Unlimited magazine and members-only web access, two dinner tickets to the fundraiser, a DU membership, sponsor-only gun raffle, $150 raffle package, and choice of a framed sponsor print or $50 raffle package upgrade.
Purchase tickets online through July 29 at www.ducks.org/illinois/events or call (618) 406-0890.