Renowned decoy carver joins DU's 75th anniversary celebration at Memphis headquarters

Charles Jobes to hold carving demonstration, sale
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Charles Jobes will be giving carving demonstrations & selling decoys in the lobby of the DU headquarters building on the following dates:

  • Friday, Feb. 10,
    12-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11,
    12-2 p.m.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Feb. 2, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited will welcome renowned decoy carver Charles Jobes to its national headquarters in Memphis as part of the Wolf River chapter's annual sponsor dinner and 75th anniversary celebration on Friday, Feb. 10. Jobes will give carving demonstrations and have a variety of hand-carved decoys available for purchase. He will also take special orders and sign and personalize decoys purchased at the event.

"Charles Jobes has been a passionate Ducks Unlimited volunteer for years and a fixture at recent national conventions," said Wolf River Committee Chairman Randy Graves. "We are excited to have him join us at DU national headquarters for this special anniversary event."

Jobes, an avid Chesapeake Bay waterman involved in crabbing and waterfowl hunting, began carving when he was seven years old. Trained in the art of decoy-making by his father, Captain Harry Jobes, he is one of the most respected artists in his hometown of Havre de Grace, Md. He is also the godson of legendary Eastern Shore master carver R. Madison Mitchell.

Jobes makes traditional, hand-carved Chesapeake-Bay-style decoys, a style handed down from the great masters of the profession in this area. Decoys are available in several collectible styles, as well as gunning decoys to be used in the field.

The special Jobes decoy event will be held from 12-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, and 12-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the front lobby of DU's national headquarters, where Jobes will also attend Friday evening's 19th Annual Wolf River Sponsor Dinner event.

Special events are scheduled nationwide to mark Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary, and DU's hometown of Memphis, Tenn., is no exception. The Jobes exhibition and sponsor dinner will welcome many of the city's most influential figures and local corporate sponsors for a night of food, fun and unique auction items, all in support of DU's wetlands and waterfowl conservation mission.

"We invite all our dedicated DU supporters and sponsors from the Memphis area to join us on Feb. 10—you will not want to miss these special events," Graves added.

The sponsor event will begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by silent and live auctions. Tickets are $300 for a single seat or $325 for a couple, which includes a bronze sponsor membership. Please call Mary Sehnert at (901) 758-3705 to reserve your tickets today.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 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.

Mike Checkett
(901) 758-3793