The Delta Men’s Club Wild Game Supper, held annually in Eudora, continues to draw large crowds from Arkansas and adjoining states to enjoy a massive wild game supper and raise money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The annual supper, which has raised more than $1 million for Arkansas Children’s Hospital since it began decades ago when four men hosted an appreciation dinner for those who rescued them following a duck hunting trip.

The Delta Men’s Association tells the story of the rescue on their web site:

One cold winter day four men went duck hunting in the old Mississippi River at Buck Shot Hunting Club in southeast Arkansas. They landed on an island with a little lake on it and duck hunted most of the day.

By evening it started snowing and they started back home and before they knew it the boat capsized. Two of the men drifted to a log pile and the other two were separated from the others. Once they got to land they had to round up people to go look for the other two. By this time the men had been in the water over two hours. They were finally rescued and went back to the Rankin farm shop and built a fire where everyone could get warm. A week later they hosted an appreciation dinner for everyone involved in the rescue.

From that point on, that group of men would gather once a year cooking of all kinds of wild game for a big supper. It continued for a few years with the crowd getting bigger and bigger. Eventually, they decided to create an organization and donate the proceeds to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital so that they could help children in need.