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Ducks Unlimited event is Sept. 11

The Prescott Tri-City Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its seventh annual fund-raising auction and banquet event on Sept. 11, with proceeds supporting wetlands waterfowl habitat conservation and restoration.

Ducks Unlimited Inc., a nonprofit organization, is the world's largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization with more than 700,000 members. Arizona has nearly 4,000 members in 13 chapters. Ducks Unlimited has spent nearly $2.4 million to complete 38 projects in Arizona. Nationally, Ducks Unlimited has raised more than $1.2 billion and enhanced and restored in excess of nine million habitat acres since its inception in 1937, according to a press release. The U.S. has lost more than half of its original wetlands and continues to lose approximately 170,000 acres of vegetated wetlands important to wildlife each year.

The annual Prescott event attracts outdoors men and women and conservationists from throughout northern Arizona. The public is invited. The program, including a dinner banquet, begins at 5 p.m. at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, 1500 E. Highway 69.

Single tickets are $65, couples tickets are $100, and tickets are $30 for those younger than 17. Sponsorship and corporate table packages range from $600 to $1,500. Tickets and sponsorships are tax deductible and include annual memberships.

A silent auction, live auction, and several raffles will be held. Special raffles will be held for women and youth.

The auction and raffle collection includes wildlife prints and sculptures, outdoor gear, home furnishings and accessories, jewelry and Greenwing youth items. A special prize has been contributed by Bass Pro, national sponsor for the Ducks Unlimited art program. Bass Pro will select a national prize award winner in July 2005.

The mission of Ducks Unlimited is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. Ducks Unlimited programs help waterfowl and also benefit more than 900 species of wildlife. The organization welcomes into its membership everyone who wishes to conserve wetland habitats.

For information, call Susan High at 445-1180.

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