Memphis, Tenn. - September 6, 2017 - Russ Hawley was named Ducks Unlimited's (DU) Regional Director of the Year for his outstanding efforts as a staff member of Region 8, an area that encompasses Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.


"Russ is and will continue to be a critical team member in Ducks Unlimited with his leadership and passion for what he does," said Scott Grant, DU director of fundraising and volunteer relations. "He inspires his volunteers to always do better. Russ has been the recipient of the Region 8 for the second year in a row."


Hawley, a resident of Midlothian, Texas, covers north Texas and works with volunteer committees in this area hosting fundraisers for the 80-year-old conservation organization. Hawley also received awards for Budget Income - Total Revenue Raised, $100,000 Growth Club/Regional Income, Sustained Growth and Million Dollar Club - an award given to event fundraising staff who raise $1 million or more.


DU is the leader in wetlands conservation and volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization. Through 4,000 local fund-raising events DU volunteers generate more than 500,000 memberships and more than $53 million annually.


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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