Duck Race Organizers Set To Distribute Adoption Forms To Local Charities
By: Nancy Hause
Duck adoption forms for the 2009 Estes Park Rotary Duck Race will be distributed on Tuesday evening, February 24 at 5 p.m. to the 66 charities and organizations that benefit from the Duck Race. Groups will be picking up the adoption forms in the Hondius Room of the Estes Park Library and will go on sale shortly after that.
“Adoptions are still only $20,” said Big Duck Chuck Coffey, duck race chairman, “and for that price, you have a chance at winning a 52-inch Sony LCD TV, or a Samsung 42-inch LCD TV as well as a host of other prizes. Overall, participants have a one-in-10 chance of winning something in this year’s race,” he said.
In 2008 the Duck Race raised more than $117,000 for local organizations that benefit residents of the Estes Valley. “That’s going to be tough to top this year,” Coffey said, “but we’re hoping to raise $125,000.”
Coffey stressed that the success of the race each year depends on the organizations and charities that benefit from it. “They have to go out and sell duck adoption forms,” he said. “Last year 6,500 ducks were adopted. And we gave away 800 prizes. We have our fabulous business community to thank for that. They are partners as well in making this a very successful and fun event each year.”
The 2009 race has also attracted 20 major sponsors who help underwrite the cost of staging the race. “If we reach our goal this year, we’ll send even more than 6,500 ducks into Fall River,” Coffey said, “but it all depends on the members of the organizations and charities picking up the duck adoption forms Tuesday night, February 24.”
For more information contact Coffey at 577-1604.