Mar 12, 2013 10:48 AM by MELISSA CANONE
ABBEVILLE, La. - The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands. The Abbeville chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters over the last year.
"These fundraising events are the backbone of DU's habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the grassroots force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations," said DU President John Newman. "It takes a great deal of effort to crack the Top 100, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated from every person who enjoys the outdoors."
The Abbeville chapter earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide. To help the Abbeville chapter reach this accomplishment in 2013, please join other waterfowlers and conservationists at the Abbeville dinner Thursday, March 21. Doors at the Vietnamese Hall in Abbeville open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting Judge Edwards at 337-652-7469.
DU's event fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 13 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937.
"DU chapters across the country are showing that the future of waterfowl populations and the wetlands that filter our drinking water and protect us from flooding are important to them and to their communities," Newman said. "The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve and the closer we are to preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage. I would like to personally thank all our Top 100 chapters for their achievement and look forward to seeing them among our distinguished chapters next year."
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.