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Friends of Caddo Lake host fundraiser Oct. 27

Oct. 3, 2012 at 10 p.m.


This fall, the Friends of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the third year of refuge operation with a fundraising event of All Things Caddo Lake on Oct. 27.

In a short period of time, programs have been implemented to serve the general public and school children throughout the region, including hike and bike trails, an equestrian wildlife riding trail, birding blinds and hunting programs for adults, youth and disabled to name but a few according to Mark Williams, Refuge Manager.

Tracking the progress from the official refuge opening in 2009, as well as the early history of the refuge, from its days as the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant, has been award winning photojournalist and former Marshall resident Richard Michael Pruitt. Pruitt will premier his documentary, "Bombs to Birds" narrated by Texas author and performer Kinky Friedman, as part of the Oct. 27 celebration.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a wine tasting event hosted by Under the Texas Sun in downtown Marshall, featuring wines by Enoch's Stomp Winery. The event is free and open to the public. A special invitation is being extended to Marshall High School classmates of Mr. Pruitt, as well as former employees of Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant.

Following the wine tasting, at 6:30 p.m., the documentary "Bombs to Birds" will be premiered at the state of the art, Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church in Marshall. The documentary, which lasts approximately 54 minutes, will include a gallery talk by Pruitt and Mark Williams, according to Leta Kay, coordinator for the event.

After the premier, a third Friends event, The Dragon Lake Ball, will be held at the Marshall Visual Art Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

"This will be a fun and zany event for the entire community," said Kay.

"Since the event is so close to Halloween, costumes or camo attire is totally acceptable. We will have music, dancing, a silent auction, nature displays and much more. Bruce Webb and Mountain Dew, a 5-piece band that plays a little bit of just about every kind of music, including country and oldies will perform."

Advance ticket sales and information for the event are available at the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau located in downtown Marshall, (903) 702-7777, the Marshall Regional Arts Council located at the Marshall Civic Center, (903) 935-4484, at the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Office, Karnack, Texas, (903) 679-9144, or at the door on Oct. 27. Tickets are $35 per person for all events, or $20 per person for the Dragon Lake Ball only.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Friends of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge for community projects. The organization is a non- profit organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the IRS code.

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