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Duck Race Charities Help Estes Valley Recovery


Duck-Race-LogoBy: Rita DuChateau

Every yellow plastic duck floating down the river on Saturday, May 3 signals a better tomorrow for Estes Valley residents. People from across the nation are adopting the small swimmers because they represent hope for the 62 groups and organizations that will benefit from this year’s Estes Park Duck Race.

“This is the 26th season for the duck race, and the most impressive thing to me is the fact that in that time over $2 million worth of adoption forms have sold,” said Thor “Big Duck” Homme. “The receipts have been distributed to multiple mostly non-profit organizations throughout Estes Valley. That has to have made a notable impression, contribution-wise, especially considering the small town that we live in.”

This year’s beneficiaries will provide services to young and old, through programs, grants and scholarships. Whether you want to help a firefighter, provide art lessons to the next Picasso, nurture theatrical talent, lend a helping hand to someone struggling with addiction, bring generations together through mentoring, or ensure community medical needs are met, there is a charity or group that’s looking for your support.

“The beauty of this race is that the organizations receiving these funds or for the most part the same ones that are responsible for the selling adoption forms,” Homme explained. “It’s not like we just hand out free money. The more forms that a particular organization sells, the more funds they can expect to receive. That’s the formula!”

Here’s how some of the organizations that are selling duck adoption forms plan to use the money raised. Beneficiaries were asked how duck adoptions will help with their work and to provide a contact for additional questions. The full list of beneficiaries is available on adoption forms and on www.epduckrace.org.

Medical

Estes Park Medical Center Foundation will use funds generated by the Duck Race adoption sales for small medical equipment requests or to help fulfill large capital requests. Contact: Jill M. Anderson, 970-577-4370.

Quota Club International of Estes Park will provide services to disadvantaged women and children, and to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-impaired, locally and across the globe. The club also raises funds for ambulances for the Estes Park community. Contact: Mary Murphy 970-214-6350.

Fire/Police

Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department will use race proceeds to assist with general operating expenses, which have increased as the department continues to take a leadership role in the Glen Haven flood recovery efforts. Contact: Tony Fink 97-215-0460.

Big Elk Volunteer Fire Department will purchase pagers for volunteer fire personnel. The pagers will be lighter to carry and easier to use than radios. Contact: Diane Briggle 303-823-5717.

Estes Park Police Department Auxiliary will increase the safety and welfare of the community by performing tasks such as traffic control at special events, allowing the sworn officers to do their jobs. Contact: Pete Smith 970-586-4474.

Arts for all ages

Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park will provide events and services to enhance the quality and accessibility of visual and performing arts. Contact: Lynda S. Vogel: 970-586-9203.

Art Center of Estes Park will use funds to coordinate the center’ educational activities and to purchase art class supplies. Contact: Trudy Olson 970-586-5882.

Estes Park Repertoire Theatre Company, Inc. will apply duck race funds to royalty expenses and to replace production equipment. Contact: A.W. (Art) Blume III 970-577-1331.

Support for Offenders

Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership will offer mental health services to offenders who cannot afford to pay for services. Contact: Melissa Westover 970-577-3829.

Drug/Alcohol Treatment

Harmony Foundation will use race proceeds for scholarships that help with the cost of treatment for drugs and alcohol, for facility improvements and for community education about addiction. Contact: Jessica Westover 970-577-3197.

Hospice

Hospice of the Estes Valley will help provide services for those unable to financially receive them. It also will provide a music thanatolgist, bereavement follow-up for loved ones, and other non-covered services to improve the overall quality of hospice. Contact Sarah Bosko 970-586-2273.

Mentoring

Partners Mentoring Youth of Estes Park plans to use funds from duck adoptions to fund monthly activities for its partnerships, such as snowshoeing in RMNP, yoga, horseback riding at the YMCA, and money management classes. Contact: Kristi Ehle 970-214-8274.

Nature

Estes Valley Land Trust will apply race funds to support its efforts to conserve open and natural landscapes in the Estes Valley. Contact: Jan Swaney 970-577-6837.

Estes Park Memorial Observatory will use proceeds to support its operation and provide year-round education or the students and the general public. Contact: Mike Connolly 970-586-4041.

Recycling

League of Women Voters and Community Recycling Committee will use race funds for bear-proof trash containers and recycle containers and educational materials about recycling. Contact: Randy Maharry 515-229-8299.

General

Sunrise Rotary will distribute monies based on the needs and requests of many charitable organizations in Estes Park. Contact: Bob Berman 847-682-3543.

Noon Rotary will invest race proceeds in its Community Grants Program for local charities. Contact: Pete Sumey, 586-3528.

Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center will provide resources and educational programs to help Estes Valley nonprofits better serve the community, improve their efficiency and work in a collaborative manner. Contact: Jill Lancaster 970-480-7805.

So, if you haven’t adopted your feathered friends yet, get quackin’!

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