Biggest New York annual event raises $165,000

Annual North County Gun Bash draws 1,600 people

CLAYTON, New York – March 26, 2018 – The largest Ducks Unlimited event in New York raised $165,000 this weekend for wetland and waterfowl conservation.

The third annual North County Gun Bash, held Saturday, March 24, drew 1,640 people to the Cerow Recreation Park Arena in Clayton. The event continues to grow, beating last year’s record attendance of 1,140.

Five Ducks Unlimited chapters, the Long Falls, St. Lawrence River, St. Lawrence River Valley, Thousand Islands and Watertown chapters, teamed up to organize the day.

“What sets this event apart from other fundraisers are up to 40 volunteers from five chapters working together,” said lead Ducks Unlimited volunteer Chris Phinney of Clayton.

Attendees enjoyed food and beverages while 60 guns were raffled, two every five minutes.

“It’s a sought-after event,” Phinney said. “People enjoy it. The first two hours are fast and furious.”

Ducks Unlimited volunteers organize more than 4,050 events annually across the United States to support wetland habitat conservation. The money generated from these events are combined with major donor gifts, corporate partner contributions and other funds as match for state and federal habitat conservation grants.

Since 1937, Ducks Unlimited has used these dollars to conserve more than 14 million acres of wetlands across North America. This includes more than $38 million invested in New York to restore, enhance or protect more than 54,000 wetland acres in the state.

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Ducks Unlimited Inc. 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 14 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. For more information on our work, visit

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