HOUSTON, Texas - April 8, 2015 - Texas boasts more fundraising chapters recognized as President's Elite
and Top 100
chapters by Ducks Unlimited than any other state. Out of the more than 2,600 DU chapters nationwide, 41 of the Lone Star State's chapters achieved national recognition by the conservation organization.
The President's Elite list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2014, 22 chapters in Texas made this list as some of the organization's best fundraising chapters. The Top 100 list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Texas had 19 chapters receive Top 100 recognition.
"These fundraising events are the backbone of DU's habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the grassroots force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations," said DU President George Dunklin. "It takes a great deal of effort to achieve the President's Elite or Top 100 level, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors."
The Houston, Galveston, Metro-Crest, Mid-South, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Ellis County, Navasota, Aggieland, Dallas, Big Thicket, Sabine, Central Texas, Tomball, Columbus, Mexia, Rockport-Fulton, Winnie-Stowell, Shelby County, Midland, Frisco, and Katy-Brookshire chapters earned spots in the President's Elite.
Wood County, Ft. Worth, Matagorda County, Lake Cities, Denton, Pearland, Lee County, Rice Belt, Victoria, Brazos Valley, Whitehouse, Austin, Weatherford, Ft. Bend County, San Jacinto, McKinney, Comal County, Allen and Fayette County chapters earned spots on the Top 100 list.
DU's event fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 13 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937.
The chapters also have the distinction of being honored during DU's 78th National Convention in Milwaukee at the end of May, with many chapter representatives in attendance.
"DU chapters across the country are showing that the future of waterfowl populations and the wetlands that filter our drinking water and protect us from flooding are important to them and to their communities," Dunklin said. "The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve and the closer we are to preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage. I would like to personally thank all our President's Elite and Top 100 chapters for their achievement and look forward to seeing them among our distinguished chapters next year."
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 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 www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.