Planning well underway for DU banquet

Preparations are well underway for the 24th-annual Ducks Unlimited banquet scheduled for Friday, May 4 at La Place Rendez-Vous here.
“It’s a good time,” local committee chairman Barney Maher said of the event. “There are lots of nice things that we’re going to auction off and raffle off.
“It’s a nice evening,” he added. “It’s really worth going and it’s in support of a good cause.”
The popular charitable dinner endeavours to raise money in support of the national, private, non-profit organization whose main goal it is to preserve wetland areas across Canada.
In addition to the dinner, a wide variety of prizes will be available in both silent and live auctions, as well as raffles.
Some of the featured items this year include an autographed Don Cherry jacket and tie in a framed display case, an autographed Darryl Sittler Toronto Maple Leaf jersey, and roughly 25 art prints, including works by David Maass, Robert Bateman, and DU artist of the year Derek C. Wicks.
A Henry Survival Rifle and a camo-pattern Stoeger M-2000 Autoloader Shotgun also will be up for grabs.
A Stoeger P-350 pump-action shotgun will be raffled off during the dinner.
Aaron Everingham, DU’s Fenelon Falls representative, is scheduled to be the evening’s keynote speaker.
Tickets to this year’s DU banquet cost $50/person or $75/couple, which will be available at Cousineau Brokers in late March. Current members of Ducks Unlimited will receive invitations via the mail.
Included in the cost of the ticket is a one-year DU membership valued at $25.
Anyone who purchases a ticket before April 7 will be entered into an early-bird draw for a five-piece stainless steel kitchen knife set and hardwood display case to be held the night of the dinner .
Last year’s DU banquet here raised roughly $25,000, bringing the total amount raised locally for the organization to nearly $550,000 since the inaugural event in 1983.