Saturday, February 20, 2010

Wateree Ducks Unlimited Banquet

The Wateree Chapter of Ducks Unlimited held their banquet Saturday, Feb 20th at the Camden National Guard Armory. The catered food including shrimp & grits, crab dip, meatballs, and chicken fingers and an open bar was set up at each end of the auditorium, keeping attendees happy with food and drink. Pretty soon, the real business at hand--raising money for the ducks--got underway. A silent auction, live auction, and several different raffles made for some competitive bidding and exciting moments as people followed along with every digit of their raffle numbers, hoping for a winning ticket.

Several shotguns were raffled and another few were auctioned off, including a Fausti 12-gauge, a Browning Gold Trigger, and a Beretta 686 White Onyx in 28-gauge. A 64-quart Yeti cooler was another highlight, as well as some local artwork such as a limited edition print of "The Rock," which depicts the remainder of the first railroad bridge that connected Camden to Columbia as it sits today in the Wateree River.

Ducks Unlimited is the world leader in conservation for wetlands and the waterfowl that inhabit them. Their actions benefit not just ducks, but other wildlife and people. For more information on Ducks Unlimited, visit their webpage at

PhotosByBrianCope:  The Fausti being paraded about was just one of several guns that found new owners Saturday night. This guitar is an example of the diversity of prizes that are sometimes outside of what you might expect to traditionally find at a Ducks Unlimited event. Anna Cope shows off her limited edition print "Canvasbacks at Winyah Bay" by Rodney Huckaby.

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