JONESBORO, AR.– The NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that the 20th Annual Duck Classic was a HUGE success thanks to the immense support from sponsors, landowners, hunters and banquet attendees! Thousands braved the rainfall to attend the banquet at First National Bank Arena which featured dinner, raffles, and the most valuable live and silent auction lot in the history of the event.
The amount raised for the event totaled over $750,000 which funds the operation of 6 key programs of the foundation to provide free services to the communities served by NEA Baptist. “Our banquet was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID. In 2021, it was abbreviated by the threat of tornadoes in the area. So to say we were nervous about the response to the first ‘normal’ Duck Classic banquet since 2019 was an understatement, but our community responded with one of the highest attendances in the 20 year history of the event. The over $750,000 raised will impact countless lives over the next year through the work of our foundation”, said Kim Provost, Executive Director of the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation.
Duck Classic is a charity duck hunting competition consisting of a banquet followed by a tournament style hunt where point values are awarded to various species and gender of ducks. The event attracts participants from 10 states as well as corporate sponsors from worldwide leaders in the duck hunting industry all coming together for a worthy cause.
NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization that is committed to enhancing the lives of those it serves in Northeast Arkansas through the six programs it supports. The Foundation, through generous gifts from our community, touches every member and every corner of our region. The Foundation currently supports six programs: the Center for Good Grief, Center for Healthy Children, Medicine Assistance program, HopeCircle, Wellness Works and ShareHope. For more information about the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, visit NEABaptistFoundation.org
NEA Baptist Health System comprises NEA Baptist Clinic, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care. The 228-bed hospital offers cancer care, heart care through the Heart Center, labor and delivery services through the hospital’s Women’s Center, as well as a number of inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care, and surgical services including weight loss surgery, neurology, respiratory care, and pulmonary rehabilitation. NEA Baptist Clinic’s over 110 physicians practice in more than 35 specialties and offer a wealth of services, from pediatrics to orthopedic services. For more information about NEA Baptist, please call 870-936-1000 or visit http://www.neabaptist.com.