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DU/GRHA Annual Partnership Gala

SAVE THE DATE: October 17th, 2024. The Factory in Chesterfield, MO

10-year Anniversary Common Cause and Shared Vision

In October 2014, GRHA and Ducks Unlimited came together for an inaugural fundraising event and the signing of a partnership agreement. More than 300 people attended, and the event netted over $130,000 for conservation work in the Confluence through GRHA Conservation and policy programs and DU's Big Rivers Initiative. The agreement focuses on a five-year plan for habitat protection and restoration, youth education, and policy efforts impacting the Confluence. This year the partnership's 10th event is planned for:

October 17, 2024, @ The Factory - Chesterfield, MO

The event is expected to sell out at 500 attendees. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available.

South Dakota Pheasant Hunt
Texas Helicopter Hog Hunt
Dream Beach Vacations for 8 or 4 Couples
Original Wildlife Art Paintings
Texas Quail Hunt
Argentina Dove Hunts
Arkansas Duck and Goose Hunt
Exclusive Hunts at Confluence Clubs
Exclusive Golf Outings 





Includes preferred seating for 10 and listing in the program.

Early Bird Special – Purchase your tickets by August 15, 2024 and get entered into a drawing to win a free table next year.



TITLE SPONSOR: $ 20,000 – only 1 available!
• Premier, multiple-location signage.
• Highlighted on GRHA website.
• Full-spread ad in the Event Program
• Dinner for four at Annie Gunn’s
• Table for 10 at the event ($3,500 Value)
• VIP Table Placement
• Private transportation to and from the event.

BAR SPONSORS: $5,000 – 3 available
• Premier Signage above Bar
• Half-page ad in Event Program
• Two Tickets to the event

SUB SPONSORS: $2,500 – 5 available
• Glassware Sponsor – incudes your logo on one side.
• Live Auction Sponsor - SOLD!
• Silent auction Sponsor – SOLD!
• Gun Raffle Sponsor
• Table Raffle Sponsor
Half-page ad in the Event Program and Signage at the event.

• Includes table and tickets for 10 ($3,500 value)
• Recognition and 1/4 page ad in Event Program

PROGRAM ADS: Can use a combo of cash and/or in-kind gifts (donated product).
• Full Page Ad - 5.5” wide x 8.5” tall $5,000
• Half-Page Ad - 5.5” wide x 4.25” tall $2,500
• Quarter-Page Ad - 2.25” wide x 4.25” tall $1,000

EVENT SPONSOR: $500 – Cannot attend but want to support the event.
Listing in the Event Program.


For more information call or email: Mike Checkett 636-587-6027 or and Hannah Hopson 309-202-3599 or 

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance and DU


The heart of the Mississippi Flyway, the Confluence

Along North America’s two largest rivers and lifeblood to the Confluence—the Mississippi and Missouri—the impacts of wetland drainage have been staggering. Roughly 80 percent of the Mississippi’s 2,320-mile length has been fixed for navigation, and 90 percent of the river’s original floodplain has been cut off from its source. Along the lower Missouri River, channelization, diking, and bank stabilization projects have shortened the original river channel by more than 50 miles and reduced its surface area by more than 61,000 acres. Despite tremendous losses, some of the best remaining waterfowl habitat is found where these two great rivers meet just north of St. Louis in the “Confluence” floodplain.

North America has four main flyways for migratory birds. Of these, the Mississippi Flyway is the most heavily traveled. It is used by over 325 species of birds, with approximately 40% of all migratory birds and nearly 50% of waterfowl flying up and down the river’s path on their annual treks.

The rich hunting history and waterfowling heritage in the Confluence area compares to southeast Arkansas, central California, and many areas along the east coast of the US. This area is important enough to the founders of GRHA that they formed this alliance to protect its existence and preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Recognizing the region’s importance to continental waterfowl populations, DU has also designated the Confluence Floodplain as a priority conservation area.

The diverse wetland habitats provided to these birds by farmers, duck clubs, and conservation partners is an invaluable resource during their long flights – some birds fly as far as from Northern Canada to Patagonia during their migrations!

With the support of numerous federal, state, and non-governmental conservation organizations, Ducks Unlimited, Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, and many other conservation partners have used multiple programs to conserve over 1.9 million acres of land along the entire length of the flyway, including more than 111,721 acres in Missouri and 60,939 acres in Illinois.

Your support of GRHA and DU allows both groups to continue working to preserve the floodplain, wetlands, and clean water habitats that are so important to the birds, fish, and other wildlife.


DU and GRHA continue to play important roles in the conservation and protection of our nation’s wetland and wildlife resources and the heritage of outdoor recreation. DU ad GRHA are committed to the Confluence and look forward to continued partnerships to find new ways to protect vital habitat and the floodplain. To be successful in conserving the Confluence, all stakeholders and conservation partners must work together to develop trust, demonstrate commitment, and leverage resources to promote and preserve the culture, health, and heritage of the Confluence.

Independently, we have great history; together, we will ensure the future of the Confluence and North America’s wetland and waterfowl resources. Come support a partnership to increase focus and dollars to the Confluence, conserving and improving habitat along North America’s Big Rivers for the benefit of wildlife and people.

GRHA Events & Fundraisers

DU/GRHA Annual Partnership Gala
DU/GRHA Annual Partnership Gala

In October 2014, GRHA and Ducks Unlimited came together for an inaugural fundraising event and the signing of a partnership agreement. More than 300 people attended, and the event netted over $130,000 for conservation work in the Confluence through GRHA Conservation and policy programs and DU's Big Rivers Initiative.

GRHA Annual Sporting Clays Shoot
GRHA Annual Sporting Clays Shoot

An annual sporting clays shoot is held in March at the beautiful Strathalybyn Farms Club, home to some of the finest outdoor shooting facilities in the St. Louis area. The club provides the perfect setting for a memorable outing. Shooting facilities at the club includea 14-stand sporting clays course woven into the woods with each stand presenting unique and challenging shots from multiple angles.

Wetland Habitat andManagement Workshop
Wetland Habitat and Management Workshop

These workshops provide basic information to waterfowl club owners, managers, and members about the fundamentals of habitat management options and techniques for private waterfowl hunting clubs. A combination of in-class presentations and on-site field tours will incorporate and demonstrate the current state-of-understanding about waterfowl and wetland ecology and contemporary hunting strategies in a practical management format.


GRHA is proud to announce we have been selected by the DUCKFEST Board to be a featured non-profit Charity. A portion of the moneys raised at DUCKFEST will stay in the Confluence to support GRHA’s mission to protect the Confluence’s floodplain and waterfowling heritage. Sponsorships, vendor space, raffle and tickets available. Contact Mike Checkett at: 901-277-9118 or

GRHA GolfTournament
GRHA Golf Tournament

Join us for a fun day at Glen Echo Country Club as we celebrate the last days of summer and prepare for the fall. This will be a four-man scramble format with goody bag, raffles, prizes for long drive, closest to the pin. Appetizers and cocktails to follow. Contact Chip Wagner at 314-496-8283

GRHA WildGame Dinner
GRHA Wild Game Dinner

Throughout the year GRHA holds many events to fundraise and raise awareness for its critical mission. These include the Wetlands Habitat Management Workshop, Sporting Clays shoot, and Golf Tournaments. In 2024, GRHA will add to that event list when the Development Board hosts a Wild Game Dinner at the St. Louis Racquet Club on March 7, 2024.