Western Region chapters among top fundraisers in country

Ducks Unlimited recently announced the top volunteer chapters across the nation honored in four categories: Chairman’s Elite, Chairman’s Roll of Honor, President’s Elite and President’s Roll of Honor.

The Chairman’s Elite designation is reserved for the chapters that raise at least $1 million in grassroots income for DU’s conservation mission. Chapters that raised between $250,000 and $999,999 were recognized in the Chairman’s Roll of Honor category, while those that raised between $100,000 and $249,999 were named as President’s Elite chapters. Rounding out the four categories, President’s Roll of Honor chapters raised between $65,000 and $99,999.

The Western Region had 23 chapters recognized for their work in 2015, including:

Chairman’s Roll of Honor

Contra Costa County

Blackhawk

Seattle

President’s Elite

Anchorage Spring Bar B Q

Reno Ducks Unlimited

Anchorage Fall

Placerville

San Francisco

Tri Valley Chapter

Scottsdale

President’s Roll of Honor

Antelope Valley

Elko

Federal Way

Olympia

Portland

Beach Cities

Fresno

Sunset

Granite Bay

Sparks

San Jose

Tucson

Stockton

“These fundraising events are the backbone of DU’s habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations,” said DU President Paul Bonderson. “It takes a great deal of effort to achieve these levels, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors.”

The chapters honored this year earned their spots on the nationally recognized lists out of more than 2,600 DU chapters nationwide that hosted more than 3,900 fundraising events. DU’s event fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations worldwide and has helped conserve more than 13 million acres of waterfowl habitat since 1937.

The top chapters of 2015 also have the distinction of being honored during DU’s upcoming 79th National Convention in Anchorage, Alaska, June 1-5, with many chapter representatives in attendance.