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Some tickets still left for DU banquet

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With the 25th-annual Ducks Unlimited banquet coming up here in less than two weeks, there’s still time to get your tickets.

DU banquet committee member Tyler Cousineau said about 30 tickets are left. Seating for the nearly always sold-out event is limited to 200.

The dinner and auction is slated for Friday, May 2 at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets cost $50/person or $75/couple, which are available at Cousineau Brokers on Scott Street.

Seating is reserved.

A one-year DU membership, valued at $25, is included in the price. This membership includes a periodical magazine.

The perennially-popular charity dinner raises money in support of the national, private, non-profit organization whose main goal is to preserve wetlands across Canada, said Rick Hallam, chair of the Fort Frances DU chapter.

“So, if you like ducks or geese or pelicans or swans or any migratory game

bird, or maybe you are an avid waterfowl or big game hunter and you wish to

add your name to the thousands who support this valiant effort, I would

encourage you to come out to the Fort Frances Ducks Unlimited fundraising

banquet being held on May 2,” he noted.

“There are lots of great prizes to be won and dozens of fabulous articles to

bid on,” he added. “And no, this isn’t just for the guys—there are lots of great prizes and merchandise for the ladies, as well.”

Hallam said the banquet is a “hoot” and the dinner is always fantastic.

“The entertainment, Barney Maher and auctioneer Telford Advent, are worth the price of admission alone and will keep you laughing all night,” he enthused.

“Come on out, spend an evening out with your friends, and I guarantee you will make some new ones, as well,” Hallam said.

Cousineau added there will be a variety of auctions and raffles, including a new one (“The High-Roller Auction”) that’s sure to generate excitement, to keep banquet-goers busy and the fundraising dollars flowing.

Event-goers can get a sneak preview of many of the auction items and prizes up for grabs (which range from wildlife prints to statues to a fur hat made by local resident Bill Mueller) at local businesses and banks.

A total of 30 prints are on display at various locations around town, and Cousineau Brokers, Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, and McTaggarts have decorated their front windows with auction items.

Last year’s DU banquet here raised $25,758—bringing the total amount raised locally for the organization to nearly $580,160.43 since the inaugural event in 1983.

Ducks Unlimited, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, is Canada’s leading wetland conservation organization. It has preserved, rehabilitated, and created thousands of hectares of wetlands for migratory waterfowl across Canada since its inception.

Hundreds of wildlife species depend on wetlands for food, shelter, water, breeding, and nesting grounds.

Wetlands also provide tremendous environmental benefits. For instance, they filter and improve water quality. They store carbon, and remove and store greenhouse gases which are harmful to the atmosphere.

Wetlands also help prevent flooding and droughts, treat wastewater, and guard against erosion; as well as provide fantastic recreational opportunities for canoeing, fishing, hiking, and birdwatching.

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