Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point and Poplar chapters of Ducks Unlimited held their annual banquet Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Elks Club in Wolf Point.
The banquet served as a fundraiser for Ducks Unlimited to raise money for habitat conservation for waterfowl and over 900 other species of wildlife.
During the social hours of the event, guests browsed the different live and silent auction items and other fundraiser prizes, which were given away throughout the evening.
Among the auction items were paintings, hunting equipment, crafts and four black Labrador retrievers. Many of the items up for auction were sponsored by merchants in Poplar, Glasgow and Wolf Point.
Guests also played games like High or Low, Ye Old Knife and Pluck a Duck.
Barry Allen, regional director of the Montana Ducks Unlimited, welcomed guests to the event.
After the social hour, guests dined on a dinner of a choice between prime rib and shrimp, along with potatoes au gratin, rice pilaf, salad and dessert.
During the dinner, Allen presented Jerald Petersen of Wolf Point Ducks Unlimited with the 2012 Exceptional Montana Chapter Award.
Once dinner was finished, auctioneer Robert Toavs conducted the live auction, which sold 40 items. Several door prizes were drawn for throughout the evening.
Allen thanked Petersen and the committee for putting the dinner together. He also thanked the sponsors and merchants for their generosity.
Petersen felt the banquet a success and thought it was a good crowd with a lot of new faces in attendance.
“It’s what we’re looking for,” Petersen said. “People realize how much fun we’re having and they want to come here.”