The Northern Snow Wings Area Ladies Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) will be holding its annual fund­raising banquet Wednesday, May 15, at Williams’s Pine Gables in Eagle River. 

Funds from these banquets are used to conserve, restore and manage wetlands for waterfowl and thousands of other species of wildlife that use the marshes and wetlands as part of their annual life cycle needs. 

The ladies’ event is unique in that most prizes are centered around what ladies like: jewelry, home décor, stays at local lodging and more. There is still the popular gun raffle as well as a silent auction, bucket drawings and games.

The evening starts with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The opportunity to purchase raffle tickets or start bidding on the many prizes starts right away; appetizers will be served starting at 6 p.m. with the buffet dinner at 7 p.m. featuring three en­trées including baked ziti pasta, grilled flank steak with chimi­churri sauce and roasted chicken. There is also a salad station, vegetable choices and dessert. A cash bar is available. 

Dinner price is $50 which includes a $25 membership fee to Ducks Unlimited. Spon­­sorships are also available.

“We have always been thrilled to see ladies from across the North Woods, from southern communities to the upper peninsula, looking for a fun-filled evening out. Please join us for this popular event,” said Cindy Starke, the event lead. “In the past we have seen ladies come in by bus, carload or walk across the street, which only shows the dedication we have here in the North Woods to habitat management and of course, sharing a wonderful evening with other ladies from the area.” 

Most of the attendees coming to the ladies’ event do not hunt, but all understand how important wetland conservation is to the environment.

The results of the work DU does in Wisconsin is large-scale and has immense benefits. Since 2001, Ducks Unlimited has conserved and restored nearly 4,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat in Vilas County and the surrounding areas. Wisconsin DU has recently reached an unprecedented milestone of 115,000 acres conserved in Wisconsin at a cost of over $14 million. Over 300 species of wildlife use Wisconsin wetland habitats.

Contact Diane Geis at (715) 891-2061 for reservation information or Cindy Starke at (715) 546-2042 for general event information, to make donations, underwrite or sponsor this event.