Inaugural duck hunt, banquet raises money for men’s health

Numerous hunters will participate in the inaugural Arkansas Duck Derby on January 11, which will be preceded by the Arkansas Derby Duck Feast on January 10.
The event is an event to raise funds for the Conway Regional Health System in the areas of men’s health and the Housing Assistance and Guest House program.

“Through the foundation, you can have a Ducks Unlimited banquet, which is similar to this, but none of that money stays in Faulkner County,” said Conway regional physician Thad Hardin. “It’s a great cause, but it’s hard to stay behind when you do not see any of that locally.” For us it was very important to use this event to benefit Conway and Faulkner counties specifically through Men’s Health Initiative and expand it.

“At the moment, we are limited in what we can do with the Men’s Health Initiative through the foundation, but we hope to raise enough money to make it a thing for the mobile community not only to review the screening test. Prostate cancer in November, but also for diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure.That kind of thing because men do not go to the doctor.In essence, we will take the doctor to make it easier for them.

“If we can make it easier to catch those things from the beginning, we can save lives. The other part of the money will go to the Gardenia house, which is the Conway Regional patient family home. We hope to create a fund to pay for hotel rooms, so you do not have to come and stay on your cousin’s couch. Instead, you can get a hot shower and warm beds. ”

Hardin said he came up with the idea several years ago.

“The idea came about seven years ago, but I did not have the opportunity to present it until two years ago, when I was appointed a member of the Conway Regional Board of Directors as a primary care representative,” he said. “Then, I had access to the foundation and it’s an army of people to make this happen.”

Hardin said he had the idea of ​​the event through another event in which he participates.

“There’s a similar event in northeast Arkansas that I’ve been involved with for about a decade,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun and it adds a lot of fun for a good cause, I thought it would translate very well for Conway and Faulkner County.”

Multiple hunting teams will move through parcels of land donated for hunting by area landowners and hunting clubs.

Those hunters will compete for a great prize that will be shared between the team and the owner of the land that provided the land for the winning hunt.

During the Arkansas Duck Derby Community Banquet on the night before the hunt, points will be allocated to different species of duck on the day of the hunt and that point system will be revealed after all the teams have returned from the hunt and delivered your birds.

The winning team with the most collective points will receive the grand prize.

“Each male and female species will be randomly assigned a point value if we roll the dice or cut a deck of cards so there are no traps,” Hardin said. “Also, if I do not kill a full limit of ducks, the cards or the dice may be nice to me, I still have a chance to win.” Increase the chances of winning a prize. ”

The banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. January 10 at the Spiritan Center in the Church of San José.

The banquet will have a silent auction and a raffle that will be open to the public and admission to the banquet will cost $ 40.

This includes dinner, drinks, music by Whistlin ‘Dixie, the big draw for a Polaris 2019 or 1548 Ambush Octa-Timber, Pick-A-Gun raffle, raffles for men and women, silent and live auctions by Wilson Auctioneers and Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Hardin said the banquet is open to everyone, but there is a waiting list for the hunt.

“The teams are full and we have a waiting list, so if an owner tells us they will take a team and we will go to the list,” he said. “There are still tickets available for the banquet and you do not have to be a hunter to attend the banquet We have tons of prizes for men and women for hunters and non-hunters alike There is something for everyone This is really a banquet for all.”

The event is supported by a group of community leaders from Conway that includes physicians (Thad Hardin, Andrew Cole and Lew McColgan) of Conway Regional Health System, leaders of Nabholz Construction, the University of Central Arkansas, Conway Corporation, First Security Bank. , Trinity Development, JSI Partners LTD, American Safeguard Insurance, Crain Automotive, C2 Powersports and Simmons Bank.