Gillette DU chapter hopes to make 2012 event a success

Steady increase in attendance expected to continue 

GILLETTE, Wyo. – Feb. 15, 2012 – The Gillette chapter of Ducks Unlimited is gearing up for another record-setting event on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Cam-Plex (1635 Reata Drive). The chances to win prizes are endless, with several raffles including a 75-gun, gun board raffle and 10-gun raffle for ladies only.

"The dedication and devotion of the Gillette committee to Ducks Unlimited is priceless," said Robert Hathaway, DU regional director. "I am amazed at how they have worked to grow this event and pull it all together."

Each year this event increases in size and raises more funds for DU's habitat conservation work in Wyoming and across North America. In 2011 attendance doubled  to more than 1,300 attendees. The Gillette DU chapter is a powerful one and has hosted this successful event for many years. In 2010 the chapter ranked among DU’s President’s Elite, raising $100,000 or more for the organization.

"How the Gillette committee can get 1,300 people to an event in this size town is unreal!" said Layne Krumwiede, DU regional director for Montana, who helps with the event. "This type of attendance can only be accomplished through a strong, concerted effort and a community full of support."

In 2011 the Gillette chapter was recognized with many state awards, including having the largest event in the state. They were named committee of the year in Wyoming and Todd Heslep of Gillette, with 17 years of volunteer experience, was recognized as area chairman of the year. Families are a big part of the Gillette committee, and the Mike Clark and Jimi Crenshaw families were awarded Wyoming DU family of the year. The chapter was also in the top 20 chapters in the Great Plains region for fundraising.

The Gillette community is tremendously supportive of DU, which is a big reason for their success. "I have to thank the committee for their outstanding commitment to wetlands conservation. They continually exceed all expectations," Hathaway said.

Be sure to join the fun on Feb. 18, for DU's biggest event in Wyoming. To buy tickets, contact Jimi Crenshaw at (307) 689-1111 or Todd Heslep at (307) 689-0555, or visit www.ducks.org/wyoming/events to buy tickets online.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, 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.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Kross
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