JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The 14 annual NEA Duck Classic kicked off at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University Thursday night.
The event draws in people from a 10 state radius.
But it doesn't just draw a big crowd. It also serves as the largest fundraiser of the year for the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation.
"Our foundation has five programs that are completely free for the community and they have very different ways of meeting needs within the community," Danial Reed said.
Reed, marketing director for NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, told Region 8 News that the work the foundation does is free to the community.
"A lot of people do come, maybe not because they've been helped themselves but because they know the work we do in the community and they like to support a local cause," Reed said.
Last year, the Duck Classic raised $500,000 for the foundation.
"That definitely sets the bar very high," Reed said. "We hope just to be able to make that same amount this year or even more. The more the better and the more we can do in the community."
Reed said Arkansas' habitat makes an event like this possible.
"We have premier duck hunting spots here, that's a big draw for people out of state," Reed said. "It helps us spread the word about what our mission is and what we do in the community."
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