Residents flock to dine with Duckmen (video)
Faith Chavez did flips when she found out she was going to eat with the Duckmen.
The 9-year-old watches "Duck Dynasty" "all the time, said her dad, Michael Chavez, and proceeded to "flip flop" through the house when she got the news.
On Sunday, Faith eagerly stood on tip toes to get a peak of Kay Robertson, Phil Robertson and Willie Robertson at the Victoria Community Center.
"They are famous," she said.
More than that, the Duckmen are good role models for America, Chavez said.
"TV these days, you can't let the kids watch it because they learn so many bad habits, but this show allows them to see what life is really about and how to deal with problems as a family," Chavez said.
Faith thinks the show is funny, but she also likes how they pray at the end of every show.
General admission tickets for Dinner with the Duckmen, put on by Man to Man Ministries in Victoria, were $100 a piece.
The price was worth it, Chavez said, because he wants his children to learn an important lesson from the Robertsons.
"I hope that they see someone of fame who still speaks the beliefs of being a Christian and who is not afraid to talk about it in public," Chavez said.
And that is exactly what the family hopes to inspire, said Willie Robertson when he took the stage.
"Without even realizing it, you are changing the very culture of entertainment," Willie told the audience. "Isn't it nice to be able to watch a show with your kids?" he asked, as the audience stood and clapped.
Proceeds from the event, including a live auction, go to Man to Man Ministries, said the Rev. Glen Dry. He hopes they raised more than $250,000 for developing Son Valley Ranch, which will be an outreach center for his existing ministries.
Just under 1,000 tickets were sold ,and bringing the Duckmen to Victoria was paid for by sponsors, Dry said. The top selling item at the live auction, a camouflage recliner signed by Phil Robertson, went for $10,500, but Dry did not have a final amount for money raised Sunday night.
"Their whole message of faith, family and ducks fits right in with our message of helping and ministering to families," Dry said.
Dry contacted the group through its website, he said.
Phil Robertson prayed over the meal of chicken-fried steak and demonstrated multiple duck calls while he spoke to the crowd.
"Texas, I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to look around and see that all of us are swimming in a sea of depravity, right? I say it is time for the good men and women to step forward and do what our forefathers told us, remember God the Almighty and Jesus his son, and let's get it on," Phil Robertson said to an applauding audience.