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In annual giving during tough economy, consider Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited in Eagle County is hosting its annual fund raiser at 4 Eagle Ranch on May 16, 2009, beginning with cocktails at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Admission is $70 per person, $100 per couple, and $45 per youth.
Photo courtesy Ducks Unlimited 

In annual giving during tough economy, consider Ducks Unlimited

By David O. Williams

May 11, 2009 —  A few days ago, a drake and hen rose up out of the East Vail beaver ponds and carved a wide arc over my head. The pair flew in perfect formation, the envy of any airforce, as a fisherman pulled a hooked trout from the water beneath them. Chilly under pewter skies and blown by snow-chilled winds, I still felt the strong feeling that spring had finally broken winter’s back.

A few hours later I was looking at my invitation to the Annual Ducks Unlimited fundraiser at 4 Eagle Ranch, set for May 16 at 4:30 p.m. (dinner starts at 6). In a year when many have been forced to curtail charitable giving, organizations like Ducks Unlimited have had to face the knowledge that there is less money out there to be had – and yet the natural world around us is always in need of support, no matter what the state of our economy.

It occurred to me that the scene from my morning, of two ducks winging through the sky, had much to owe to Ducks Unlimited. As one of the most effective and non-partisan organizations in the country, Republicans like Pete Coors and Democrats like Hillary Clinton have found common ground on Ducks Unlimited. In wetlands around the nation, Ducks Unlimited has helped keep scenes like those of the East Vail beaver ponds alive and well.

From clean water for healthy trout, to healthy riparian zones, to the crisp cleanliness of the air through which the mallards fly, Ducks Unlimited has done wonders in keeping a Duck’s world – and therefore our world – a cleaner, healthier place.

I have Ducks Unlimited to thank for my image from the other morning, as well as for countless other moments with a similar magic.

I don’t use this space to promote charities very often, but I always encourage Eagle County residents to show up en force at the Ducks Unlimited banquet – it’s a good time at a great venue, and even the relatively small admission cost will bring many, many happy returns.

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