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Ducks Unlimited Recognizes Top 100 Fund-raising Chapters


The President’s Top 100 are among Ducks Unlimited’s elite chapters throughout the nation.  Every year, this list is reserved for the 100 chapters that raise the most grassroots dollars for DU's habitat conservation work.  The following local DU chapters have earned a spot on the President’s Top 100 list.

“These volunteers have made an extraordinary effort to focus on raising a substantial amount of money for conservation this year, and Ducks Unlimited thanks them," said Bruce Lewis, president, Ducks Unlimited. 

Thanks to the passion and efforts of our chapters, along with the thousands of volunteers and members across the United States, Ducks Unlimited raised $213 million last year to restore and protect more than 230,000 acres of critical habitat in the United States alone. With 87 cents of every dollar contributed directly to habitat conservation, DU is focused on its mission.

"The bar is set by these chapters," said Lewis. "The Top 100 underscore how vital grassroots volunteer efforts are to DU’s conservation mission. The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve. I would like to personally thank all our top 100 chapters for their achievement and look forward to seeing them among our elite chapters next year."

Ducks Unlimited is a unique organization because it relies on the generosity and passion of its volunteers to accomplish its goals.  Striving for success, the top 100 chapter volunteers, like all DU volunteers never fail to answer the call.

To become a President's Top 100 chapter, a chapter must raise at least $53,000 of grassroots contributions within one year. In 2007 the top 100 chapters collectively raised more than $8 million.

President’s Top 100 Chapters

Anchorage Spring Banquet, Alaska Benton County, Ark.
San Jose, Calif Oroville, Calif.
Placerville, Calif. Honey Lake, Calif.
Antelope Valley, Calif. Milpitas, Calif.
Southern Fairfield, Conn. Kent County, Del.
Central Delaware, Del. Eastern Sussex, Del.
New Castle County, Del. Brandywine. Del.
Hunters D U (Felton), Del. Appoquinimink, Del.
Orlando, Fla. Tampa Bay 100, Fla
Atlanta, Ga. Thomasville, Ga.
Rome, Ga. Gwinnett County. Ga.
Anheuser-Busch/Cartersville, Ga North East Iowa, Iowa
Jones County, Iowa Boise, Idaho
NE Illinois (Antioch), Ill. Jacksonville, Ill.
Manito, Ill. South Johnson County, Kan.
Lake Cumberland, Ky. Lincoln Parish, La.
Baton Rouge, La. Lafayette Area, La.
DU Of Terrebonne, La. New Orleans, La.
West Bank, La. Plaquemines Parish, La.
Annapolis, Md. St Marys County, Md.
National Capital (Bethesda-Chevy Chase), Md. Federal City, D.C.
Central Maryland (Towson), Md. North Oakland, Mich.
Fergus Falls Area, Minn. St Croix Valley, Minn.
Garrison, Minn. Golden Valley, Mo.
St. Louis Sponsors, Mo. Missoula, Mont.
Helena, Mont. Billings, Mont.
Gallatin-Madison, Mont. Raleigh, N.C.
Clinton, N.C. Harnett County, N.C.
Bismarck, N.D. Hastings Area, Neb.
NE Nebraska (South Sioux City), Neb. Hudson River, N.J.
Las Vegas, Nev. Sparks, Nev.
New York City, N.Y. Lancaster County, Penn.
Ocean State, R.I. Spartanburg, S.C.
Grand Strand, S.C. Lexington, S.C.
East Of The Cooper, S.C. North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Hemingway, S.C. Watertown, S.D.
Dallas, Texas Gregg County, Texas
Houston, Texas Galveston, Texas
Sabine, Texas Austin, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas Texoma, Texas
Big Thicket, Texas McKinney, Texas
Navasota, Texas Wimberley, Texas
Lee County, Texas Mexia, Texas
Frisco, Texas Fredericksburg, Va.
Central Utah Sponsor (Salt Lake City), Utah Norfolk, Va.
Richmond, Va. Western Henrico, Va.
Seattle, Wash. Vancouver, Wash.
Longview, Wash. Casper, Wyo.
Winnegamie Wetlands (Appleton-Neenah), Wisc. Gillette, Wyo.
Upper Mississippi Flyway (LaCrosse), Wisc. Jackson Hole, Wyo.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature's most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.

Contact: Chris Jennings
(901) 758-3732



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