The East Cooper DU chapter, in partnership with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), hosts an annual oyster roast and auction that is one of the largest and most successful DU fundraisers in the
nation. This one-of-a-kind event is held every year on the Friday evening prior to the SEWE, which takes place over the long President's Day weekend. In 2012, the SEWE and DU teamed up to ensure South Carolina's continued participation in the Junior Federal Duck Stamp Program, which introduces more than 700,000 students in the Palmetto State to wildlife art and wetlands conservation.
The East Cooper chapter has been the number one chapter in South Carolina
since 2006 and a member of the President's Top 100 from the beginning. Area Chairmen Dr. Mark Hartley has led the chapter for more than 10 years and attributes much of the committee's success to its devoted volunteers
and partnership with the SEWE.
"Ducks Unlimited has been an incredible asset to SEWE over the years, and judging by the success of the East Cooper chapter, I believe they would say the same in return," says John Powell, executive director of the SEWE. "Mark Hartley and the volunteers at DU have always worked with us on projects and fundraisers both large and small, and 2012 may just be the greatest example of this partnership thus far."
The SEWE will celebrate 31 years of excellence in wildlife art and the sporting life at this year's event, held February 15–17, 2013, in multiple venues in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. DU will once again play a major role in the event.
"From fundraising to education, our partnership with the SEWE has had a profound impact on wetlands conservation and the youth that will be the future of both organizations," Hartley said.