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'Duck Dynasty' matriarch speaks at annual Boys & Girls Club event

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Kay Robertson, of "Duck Dynasty" speaks at the annual Steak and Burger dinner for the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County. Kay Robertson, of "Duck Dynasty" speaks at the annual Steak and Burger dinner for the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County.
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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Kay Robertson held onto her notes as she spoke in front of a capacity crowd in Statesboro Saturday night. She only read from them briefly as an afterthought. She'd already captivated the crowd with a story many already knew.

The matriarch of A&E Network's "Duck "Dynasty mega-hit, spoke to 700 or so people attending the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County's annual Steak and Burger dinner.

"Miss" Kay explained that her oldest son, Alan, had helped her prepare some notes a fews ago when she became an sought-after speaker.

"I've never really used the notes. I just hold onto them," she said with a laugh. "I just tell my story and that seems to be what people want to hear."

Robertson told the audience about growing up and the challenges that began after her father died. He was 44 and she was 14 when he suffered a heart attack. Months later, she began dating the young man who would become her husband two years later.

She talked about the lessons she'd learned from her grandmother before and after her father's death - about marriage, motherhood and more.

"She told me life would not be the fairy tale that I'd always thought. She told me I would have to fight for it," she said.

The woman who's currently one of television's most famous moms had no idea how true her grandma's words would be.

The couple married as teens with Kay pregnant with Alan. Phil went on to attend Lousiana Tech on a football scholarship. Kay told the group that Phil was not always the gentle, God-fearing man he is now on "Duck Dynasty", hunting DVDs, and speaking engagements around the country.

She told her Statesboro audience of Phil's years of drinking and detachment from her and their family of three boys. Then came her conversion to Christianity, then Phil's, and the complete change in their family.

"I tell you there is hope for broken homes, you can never give up," she said.

Kay praised the staff and volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club and the influence they have on young people, especially those coming from broken homes like her boys witnessed in their early years.

The Robertson family has become recognizable through their top-rated reality show. Phil, his brother Silas, and sons Willie, Jase, and Jep are phenomenons partly from their signature scruffy beards. Miss Kay is most often seen preparing wild game in the kitchen, but is frequently sharing a life lesson with her boys, their wives, or her grandchildren. Each episode of the show ends with the family seated around the table as Phil prays, no matter what teasing they've exchanged during the show.

"We get paid to be ourselves," she admitted. "That's the best job to have."

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