PIEDMONT — Jase and Missy Robertson from A&E's reality television show “Duck Dynasty” are coming to Oklahoma to support Piedmont schools' 10th annual charity event, DUCK Week, which helps community members in need.
Doing Unselfish Charities for Kids (DUCK) began in 2004 when a group of student council members started a charity week as a community service project.
This year's theme is “DUCK Week Dynasty.” The actual week is March 11-15, but fundraisers and other events are scheduled beginning Monday.
Proceeds from such events as Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant night, a Kiwanis pancake breakfast and a silent auction and talent show will be donated to this year's community recipients.
Piedmont school faculty members submit nominations to a student-based committee, said Alissa Antwine, faculty adviser. About 100 high school students met and determined this year's recipients.
Scott Garnand is the husband of Anita Garnand, a second-grade teacher at Piedmont Elementary School. He has been battling kidney failure. He currently is raising money for a kidney transplant.
“He has been on dialysis for a while,” Antwine said. “Every day for about eight hours a day.”
Joanne Hall spent several years on the cafeteria staff until she was diagnosed with lymphoma. She had been in remission, but the cancer has re-emerged, and she has been hospitalized and is striving to defeat it for a second time, Antwine said.
Robert Hurd is a custodian at the intermediate school. He has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy as he struggles to continue his duties with the district.
“It has spread into his bones,” Antwine said.
Justin Puckett was a graduate of Piedmont High School who lost his battle with brain cancer in December. Friends of the Pucketts previously set up a fund for Justin's family to help with medical expenses. The committee asked that $10,000 of the DUCK Week proceeds be given to Justin's family.
‘Duck Dynasty' stars
The Robertsons will kick off DUCK Week with a speech at 7 p.m. March 10 at Yukon High School about the good people do for each other, faith and family, Antwine said. The event will be held in the Yukon gymnasium because more space was needed, Antwine said. Tickets sales are not limited to Piedmont school district patrons.
The final sale period for tickets will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Piedmont High School. Tickets are $25.
To learn more
For more information about Piedmont's DUCK Week, go to www.