Frazee woman win Chevy truck in Ducks Unlimited fundraiser
Carrie Roble of Frazee, Minnesota was glad to have her whole family present on February 14, 2009 at the Minnesota Ducks Unlimited (DU) State Convention. The elementary school teacher needed her husband, Tim, and two sons, Jacob and Ryan, to keep her from falling over from surprise after winning a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 4 X 4. She randomly selected a key that started the truck valued at $30,000 and was swarmed by her family to celebrate the event. Roble was one of hundreds of qualifiers and six finalists who earned a chance to win the truck from Minnesota's Chevrolet Dealers at Ducks Unlimited events held across the state over the past 12 months.
"Tim has been involved in Minnesota Ducks Unlimited since we met in college at Bemidji State University over 20 years ago," said Carrie Roble. "He actually started the first Bemidji State University college DU chapter while in school. We've attended events ever since then, met and made many friends, but we never thought we would win something like a new Chevy truck." Tim Roble is a Sales Representative for Lavelle Company in Fargo, North Dakota and a Regional Vice Chairman for Northwest Minnesota Ducks Unlimited. "Ducks Unlimited local events are the best way to have a lot of fun, meet people and raise funds to make sure our kids have waterfowl, wildlife and wetlands for years to come," said Tim Roble.
Chevrolet dealers serving Minnesota annually join together contributing a new Chevrolet Silverado truck as a grand prize. Event qualifiers win specially commissioned artwork by one of America's leading outdoor and sporting dog photographers, Lee Kjos of Webster, Minnesota. Chevrolet dealer representatives recently presented Minnesota DU a ceremonial check for $1,357,107 raised for wetland conservation since the program began in 1997.
Said Tom Krebsbach, President of Minnesota's Heartland Chevrolet Dealers, "Each Minnesota DU event works with a neighboring Chevrolet dealer. It's a perfect grassroots partnership. Helping DU volunteers raise dollars for wetland conservation at their local events helps our dealers support and build customer relationships."
A 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 4 X 4 will be awarded in February 2010 to someone qualifying at a Ducks Unlimited event in Minnesota now through December 2009.
Past Minnesota Chevy Silverado winners include Mike Kuka, Maple Plain, MN (1998) Gary Ricard, Chatfield, MN (1999), Jay Kimble, Stillwater, MN (2000), Patrick Doyle, Faribault, MN (2001), Marcia Gamer, Farmington, MN (2002), Mike Lidgerding, Wabasha, MN (2003), Ken Cryer, Bloomington, MN (2004), Tom Bollman, Pine Island, MN (2005), Perry Nodsle, Detroit Lakes, MN (2006), Spencer Kvam, Granite Falls, MN (2007), Tim Woelfel, Redwood Falls, MN (2008).
Said Win Mitchell, Minnesota State DU Chairman, "Each $250 we raise translates into one more acre of wetland preserved for waterfowl and wildlife in North America. Minnesota DU is the largest grassroots member conservation organization in the state and consistently of one the top state's in the nation raising dollars for wetlands."
Minnesota DU has more than 250 local chapters, conducts over 300 fund raising events and lists over 45,000 men, women and youth members. In the U.S., Ducks Unlimited has chapters in 50 states and a membership of over 688,000.
Ducks Unlimited began in 1937 when lands in the North American waterfowl flyways, particularly the upper Midwest and Canadian Prairie Provinces, were drained and developed. DU counts over 12,000,000 acres preserved and protected for wetlands and waterfowl habitat in North America since the '30s.