February 17, 2012 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Several United Country Real Estate offices from Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana and Oklahoma participated in the 2012 Arkansas State Ducks Unlimited Banquet Saturday, Feb. 11 in Rogers, Ark. The event raised nearly $20,000 to support conservation activities of the state chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
A live auction event was sponsored by United Country, Angie and Allen Gallaher of United Country – Scenic Rivers Realty out of Imboden, Ark., and Travis Birdsong of United Country – Birdsong Auction & Real Estate Group, LLC, out of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Up for bid during the event were 36 lots that included hunting and fishing trips, art work, shotguns, a Mossberg rifle donated by United Country and much more.
Birdsong was the primary auctioneer for the event, and Mike Jones, president of United Country Auction Services, was also on-hand to call out bids and act as Birdsong’s wingman, along with Keith Lowery from United Country – Lowery & Associates of Monroe, La., and John Wilhite from United Country – Prairie Creek Realty & Auction of Tahlequah/Park Hill, Okla.
“It was indeed a pleasure to attend and participate in the 2012 Arkansas State Ducks Unlimited Banquet held in Rogers this past weekend,” said Jones. “I appreciate the commitment from our United Country offices that donated their time and money to support one of our most important strategic partnerships. A big shout out to Angie, Allen, and Travis – these folks went above and beyond the call of duty in sponsoring and organizing our team’s efforts.”
Eleven United Country affiliates total participated or supported the event including those from the Arkansas towns of Camden, Melbourne, Yellville, Bryant, Greers Ferry and Arkadelphia, as well as Coushatta, La. “I’m so proud of how many United Country family members attended this event,” said Angie Gallaher, broker and owner of United Country Scenic Rivers Realty. “The partnership of United Country and Ducks Unlimited could not be a better fit. We hope to help support more events like this nationwide.”
In 2007, Ducks Unlimited and United Country announced their national partnership focused on educating real estate professionals, auctioneers and land buyers and sellers about land conservation, habitat protection through conservation easements, opportunities to volunteer and charitable giving. Through this partnership, United Country Auction Services and its affiliated auctioneers and real estate professionals across the nation have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit DU’s mission.
“The conservation efforts of DU fall directly in line with United Country’s belief that we must protect our land and nature, our most valuable resources,” said Jones. “We look forward to conducting the 75th Anniversary 2012 DU National Convention auction in Nashville on June 2nd and working with this great group of conservationist for many years to come.”
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million 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.
United Country Real Estate is the largest fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 600 offices across the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 3,000 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month), multiple United Country real estate catalogs with national distribution , an extensive buyer database and national advertising of local properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has recently been recognized by AllBusiness.com, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate companies.
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