Our Past | 1986: Local chapter of Ducks Unlimited raises funds through banquet, auction


Selected by Karen Larsen

The following article published in the March 20, 1986 edition of the Waterville Empire Press tells of a successful fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Ducks Unlimited. Marty Ramin, who was one of the organizers, said that the local chapter held the annual banquet for about 10 years. According to the Ducks Unlimited website, since 1937 the organization “has conserved more than 14 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America.”


$4,000 raised at banquet

Over 80 people attended the second annual fundraising banquet of the Waterville Chapter of Ducks Unlimited which was held on March 13 at the NCW Fairgrounds. Co-chairmen for the event, Mike Tabler and Larry Utzinger, termed the banquet an overwhelming success. They indicated that the net profits from the event will provide about $4,000 for the nonprofit conservation organization.

The banquet featured an auction and a raffle of numerous art works, guns and other collectibles. “For the second year in a row we have had excellent support for the auction,” said Tabler. He added, “We had a lot of nice comments about the quality of the auction and raffle items, and I think that people were anxious to support the conservation work which Ducks Unlimited is performing.”

The funds raised at the banquet will be utilized by Ducks Unlimited in its waterfowl and wildlife habitat development programs. Utzinger stated that Ducks Unlimited has constructed over 24,000 wildlife habitat projects since 1937. Those projects represent over 3.2 million acres and more than 13,000 miles of shoreline.

Tabler and Utzinger were assisted in organizing the event by Harry Browning, Gary Greenwood, Marty Ramin and Emery Rudd. Chuck Yarbro of Moses Lake served as auctioneer for the event.