Newsome High School students Evan Smith and Joseph Layrisson were presented with the 2017 East Hillsborough Ducks Unlimited 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. Also pictured is Mike Layrisson who supported their efforts.

The East Hillsborough Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) of Hillsborough County, will host its annual Dinner and Auction on Thursday, October 4 at the Plant City Armory located at 4004 Airport Rd. in Plant City.

Happy hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7:15 p.m. Raffles and auctions will follow after dinner.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. With farmland literally ‘blowing away’ during the horrific dust storms of the 1930’s Dust Bowl, Ducks Unlimited was born in 1937 as a first line effort to restore the wetlands.

When World War II veterans returned home from their duties overseas, a ground swell of rank-and-file members emerged who wanted to make a positive difference in the world they had seen so ravaged by war. Through efforts such as the ‘Duk-A-Nikel’ program, individual hunting camps would raise money and contribute it to Ducks Unlimited. From those humble beginnings, Ducks Unlimited ( has conserved more than 14 million acres, thanks in part to contributions from more than a million current supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

Wayne Tasler, East Hillsborough Volunteer Area Chairman said, “In January, 2018 Ducks Unlimited celebrated 81 years of conservation efforts.

Join us as we celebrate 32 years of wetlands conservation and restoration efforts here in Hillsborough County. The evening will include door prizes, multiple raffles and both live & silent auctions. We’ll have fishing and hunting trips, top quality coolers, limited edition guns, and this year’s hottest DU merchandise available.”

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact Tasler at  or 727-743-8810. You can also purchase tickets at and follow the group on Facebook at

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