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In a show of true DU spirit, Beaumont & Lufkin committees will host events less than 3 months after being ravaged by Hurricane Rita

AUSTIN, Texas, November 16, 2005 - For decades the conservation world has known there’s nothing stronger than a Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteer. Two DU chapters in Texas are proving that this fall.

Just a few weeks ago, East Texas was recovering from one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the region. In a true show of determination and passion for the DU mission, the Beaumont and Lufkin chapters both will hold their annual banquets this December.

Beaumont took a direct hit from Hurricane Rita when she came ashore in the early morning hours of September 24, 2005. Lufkin and surrounding communities experienced severe damage as Rita slowly trudged north later that morning and into the afternoon.

The original Beaumont banquet date was September 29. The rescheduled event will take place on Thursday, December 1, at the Harvest Club.

Lufkin’s original banquet date was October 6. Their rescheduled event will take place on Saturday, December 3, at the Lufkin Civic Center.

Tickets sold for the original dates will be honored at both events.

“The Beaumont Area Chapter felt it was important to hold an event this year,” said Beaumont DU Area Chairman Matthew Matheny. “Hurricane Rita had a direct effect on people of Southeast Texas, our local Ducks Unlimited membership and our committee. We are holding this event in the hopes that it will promote the rebuilding process in our area, and in the belief that we may rededicate ourselves to our goal of wetlands conservation and waterfowl education.”

Texas DU State Chairman Steve Marasovich says that spirit is an example of what makes Texas so great.

“Texans are passionate about the sport of waterfowling and our volunteers and members in Southeast and East Texas are dedicated to what Ducks Unlimited means to them – providing critical waterfowl habitat conservation on the breeding grounds and here in Texas,” Marasovich said. “DU is blessed to have dedicated volunteers like this across our state. These committees represent what makes our organization so great.”

Ducks Unlimited’s Executive Vice President Don Young also spoke to the dedication of the Beaumont and Lufkin committees.

"As I travel around the entire continent of North America on behalf of DU, I continue to be struck by the way in which DU people continue to be passionate and committed to DU's noble cause even in the face of tragic events. These committees are a perfect example of this and we’re proud to have them representing the organization in their communities in Texas.”

For more information on these events please go to tx.ducks.org and click on the “Local Events” tab at the top of the page.
 
Contact: David Schuessler
(512) 288-6075
dschuessler@ducks.org
 
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization.  The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands – nature’s most productive ecosystems – and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.
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