The 2011 Duck Blast featured a dinner and an auction at the Lannom Center on Thursday, Dec. 15, with hunters participating in a duck hunt in the blinds of local landowners the following day.
The result was a gross total of $44,000. Duck Blast organizers are still calculating the total expenses of the event, a figure that must be subtracted from the total presented to the library.
Residents attending the dinner were also treated to a presentation from the city of Dyersburg to the library's building fund. Dyersburg Mayor John Holden and Alderman Bob Kirk presented a $25,000 check to Library Board members Tommy Allmon and Vince Haymon.
Funds from the 2011 Duck Blast will be used to create a Kiwanis Kids' Corner at the library's new location in the old Piggly Wiggly building, located at 416 W. Court St. in downtown Dyersburg. Plans are in place to present an official check to library officials in the near future.
"We knew this fundraiser was going to be a big success, we just never dreamed it would raise this much in its first year," said Duck Blast co-Chairman Brandon Brewer. "Kiwanis is looking forward to helping out the community for years to come through the Duck Blast."
In addition to a day hunting some of the area's best duck blinds, hunters participating in the Blast competed for a Benelli Nova 12-gauge camouflage pump shotgun.
The winning team, Broad Side of the Barn, included Sammy Arnold, Page Hart, Chuck Barrineau and Jason Cochran. Guided by Bart Gillon, team members hunted in the Bee Lake Floating Blind owned by Larry and Tim Gibson. Each hunter received one of the coveted guns for earning the most points in the competition.
Tickets were also available for the chance to win an ATV four-wheeler or a boat, motor and trailer. The Kiwanis Club offered 300 tickets for the ATV/Boat drawing at $50 per ticket.
The auction, conducted by Dave Fisher Realty and Auction, contributed $4,000 to the Duck Blast total. David Fisher and Terry Harris took charge of the auction, with 11 prizes on the block.
Auction items included any lift up to three inches from Rough Country with installation from Start to Finish; one duck mount from Walt Wilkerson Taxidermy; a Ducks Unlimited reserve Browning 28 gauge shotgun; a Cornhole game set; Jack Daniels Single Barrel from City Liquor; Arrangement of the Month from Blossom's Flowers and Gifts featuring 12 $25 fresh flower arrangements; a one-day, four-man guided hunt at The Peabody on Reelfoot Lake from Dwayne Dunn, including two homemade meals of breakfast and lunch; a Ralph McDonald print and one box of Estate Steel shot 3-1/2 inch shells; a Ducks Unlimited print and one box of Estate Steel shot 3-1/2 inch shells; a Polar Bear Camo Cooler; and a "Hunter's Necessities Package" from Final Flight Outfitters including a blind bag, a duck call and a floating gun case.
"David and Terry really helped us get the maximum amount for each donated item," said Duck Blast co-Chairman Drew Binkley. "We really appreciate everyone who provided us with items to auction. It has been great to see the community come together to support our new library."
"Without the generous monetary and blind donations from local businesses and landowners, the Duck Blast would not have been successful as it was," said Duck Blast committee member Megan Madden.
Nearly 30 landowners shared their property with duck hunters. Landowners who aided the project include Tony Bargery, Walt Bradshaw, Wally Childress, Richard Donner, Dwayne Dunn, Shane Evans, Greg Ford, Larry Gibson, Tim Gibson, Al Hamilton, Jimmy Hester, Ryan Hicks, Ray Hurt, Pete Kizer, Jason Ladd, Randy Lampley, Roger Long, Jason Maxedon, Nick Nunn, Kelly Powers, Brian Ramm, John Riley, Terry Robertson, Trey Shaw, Jeff Thomas, Joe Welch, Bob Williams and Greg Williams.
An additional two dozen area businesses participated in sponsorships. Thirteen earned Mallard, Pintail, Widgeon or Teal rankings, two were named as Foundation Friends, and nine were otherwise mentioned for their contributions to the successful event.
Members of the Kiwanis Club's Duck Blast committee include Jeff Agee, Tommy Allmon, Whitney Allmon, Drew Binkley, Brandon Brewer, Scott Foster, Bob Jones, David Greer, Vince Haymon, Tim Ladd, Megan Madden, Natalie Patterson and Taylor Moore.
"Our committee this year was made of all Kiwanians with the special addition of Scott Foster," said Kiwanis President and committee member Vince Haymon. "This group worked long hours ensuring the success of this event and had a great time working together. We are already looking forward to next year."