The event, designed to promote the region's prime waterfowl hunting, also raised funds to benefit the Kiwanis Kids' Corner at McIver's Grant Public Library.
Organizers hope the 2012 event will raise enough money to fulfill the Kiwanis Club's commitment to the library's building fund. Club members pledged to donate $50,000 to fund a portion of the children's department designated for children from birth to 3 years old. A $20,000 donation was presented to that pledge after the 2011 Duck Blast.
"The second annual Duck Blast was bigger than last year," said Duck Blast co-Chair Whitney Allmon. "We have been very blessed by the success of this community project."
Although a dedicated committee worked diligently to present the dinner, auction and hunt, Kiwanis members credit the entire community for the success of the fundraiser.
"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 co-Chair Megan Madden. "It takes a community coming together to pull off a project this big."
A dinner and live auction were held at the Lannom Center at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 13, with participating landowners and sponsors treated to an appreciation hour from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Landowners participating in the fundraiser include David Adcock, Tim Allmon, Tony Bargery, Brad Burks, Terry Cammuse, Wally Childress, Richard Donner, Dwayne Dunn, Greg Ford, Greg Garner, Slayton Gearin, Larry Gibson, Tim Gibson, Bart Gillon, Jimmy Hester, Ray Hurt, Pete Keiser, Buddy Kriswell, Scott Lacy, Jason Ladd, Randy Lampley, Roger Long, Nick Nunn, Kelly Powers, Hunter Rice, Randy Robertson, Terry Robertson, Trey Shaw, Jeff Thomas and Joe Welch.
During the appreciation hour, landowners were entered into a drawing for a Browning Maxus gun. Tim Gibson was the lucky winner.
Newsome had not made up his mind which prize he wanted at the conclusion of Thursday's dinner.
A live auction, conducted by David Fisher Realty and Auction, raised over $4,000 with 14 auction items donated by local businesses and organizations. David Fisher served as auctioneer.
Auction items included:
* Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Whiskey, donated by City Liquor
* "Taste of Dyersburg" bundle featuring certificates to local restaurants including Pig-N-Out, Joe's Downtown Market, Abe's Ribeye Barn, Lupo's Italian Steakhouse, Neil's Bar-B-Q and Grill, Lock's Store, Java Café, Cozy Kitchen and Pennington Pecans.
* Van Winkle's Special Reserve 12-year-old Bourbon, donated Dr. Randy Prince
* Duck-Smith Custom Acrylic Duck Call, donated Dr. Randy Prince
* Arrangement-a-Month package donated by Blossoms Flowers and Gifts
* "Dreams Come True" print by Ralph McDonald, donated by Dyer County Ducks Unlimited Committee
* "My First Limit" print by Ralph McDonald, donated by Dyer County Ducks Unlimited Committee
* Reelfoot Lake Duck Hunt, donated by Cypress Creek Outfitters
* Callaway Razr HL Irons Set 6-PW and Four rounds of golf at Dyersburg Country Club at The Farms
* Loaded blind bag donated by First Citizens National Bank
* a pair of zero-gravity lounger chairs
* Duck mount certificate from Wilkerson's Taxidermy
* One full-page ad in Southern Tradition Outdoors magazine
"David and Fisher Reality and Auctions really helped us get the maximum amount for each donated item," said Duck Blast Auction Chair Taylor Moore. "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 and the Kiwanis Duck Blast project."
The evening concluded with a review of the scoring and rules of the next day's hunt and blind drawings matching the teams to the landowners volunteering to guide them.
The winning Duck Blast team this year was C&C Pharmacy. Guided by Nick Nunn and Ray Hurt in Lauderdale County, the C and C team included Kevin Cook, Jason Jones, Mark Eller and Brad Glass. Each team member won a Benelli SuperNova 12-gauge pump gun.
The second-place team was Southern Tradition Outdoor Magazine, who hunted in Richard Donner's blind. The team included Jonathan Anderson, Drew Brooks, Jordan Harper and Chase Reilly. The second-place team won a free entry into next year's hunt, a $600 value.
Early figures for the 2012 Duck Blast estimate the library donation will be between $20,000 and $30,000.
Members of the Kiwanis Club's Duck Blast Committee include Co-Chairs Whitney Allmon and Megan Madden; Team Recruitment Chair Tommy Allmon; Blind Recruitment Chairs Scott Foster and David Greer; Treasurer Tim Ladd; Auction Chair Taylor Moore; Sponsorship Chair Drew Binkley; Publicity Chair Natalie Patterson and committee member Bob Jones.
"We worked long hours ensuring the success of this event and had a great time working together," said committee member Tommy Allmon. "We can't wait to start planning next year's Duck Blast."