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Rubber ducks bring in bucks for the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary

Friday, July 19th, 2013 | Posted by

A flotilla of 5,000 rubber ducks will race down the Russian River Saturday, July 27, to a finish at Healdsburg Veterans’ Memorial Beach worth $2500 to the lucky person holding the winning duck’s number. Three heats and a final race will be held during the family-oriented events at the Healdsburg Water Carnival.

This “duck dash” is the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year with the goal of raising $25,000 this year, said George Lawson, the event’s organizer. The environmentally-sound slalom was created by Sunrise Rotary member Shaun McCaffery.

“We’re the main sponsor of the Healdsburg Water Carnival,” Lawson  said. “We got involved through Sonoma County Regional Parks and 4th District Supervisor Mike McGuire. They asked us to fold our last year’s July Fourth event into this year’s water carnival.”

About 1,600 ducks will be included in each of three heats, with 500 from each heat entered in the final race at 3 p.m. Saturday. By “adopting” ducks, ticket holders have the chance to win more than 30 prizes, with a top prize of $2,500.

Lawson is moving an official recreational vehicle with a computer onto the grounds of Memorial Beach Park to tabulate results from the three heats and the final. Heat winners and the big finalist winner will be notified the day of the event. Other winners will be notified by phone or email a few days after the event is over.

In addition to the chance of winning, there is added value in simply purchasing tickets, Lawson noted. Coupons attached to the tickets include values at Bean Affair, Agave Restaurant, Midnight Sun, Big O Tires and the Healdsburg Golf Club. They are available from any Sunrise Rotary member and are also available from members working in teams on Sunday and Wednesday at Big John’s Market and Safeway.

Big John’s Market and Healdsburg auto dealers McConnell’s, Sanderson’s and Silveira’s are the Sunrise Rotary’s main sponsors. The group provides scholarships through its countywide scholar-athlete program, as well as supporting the Healdsburg Education Foundation, the Construction and Sustainability Academy, the Healdsburg Regional Library and the Wonder League.

“Who knew that rubber ducks could help pull the community together?” said Lawson.



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