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Sunrise Rotary Duck races a success

Staff reports

The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club members say that their 7th Annual Duck Races were the most successful yet, raising more than $19,000 for community projects and programs and scholarships for local students.

Truckee residents took home the top three prizes this year. Bruce Turner pocketed $4,000 for first place, while Rory Langford won $500 for second place and Becky and Mark Stebbins collected $250 for third.

With 5,000 ducks in competition, the race required five heats, with each heat winner winning $50. They were “Pastime Paul,” Julie Kincheloe, Lori Fallow, Mark Kincheloe and John Booth, all of Truckee.

The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club is especially grateful to the 84 firms, businesses and individuals that participated in this year’s Sponsor Duck beauty contest. The Truckee Tahoe Airport District won Best of Show with their “McDonald Ducklas.” Eagle Mortgage won in the Most Creative category, Blue Sky Home Center won the Funniest award. The Law Offices of Porter-Simon won for the best craftsmanship and the Donner Ski Ranch claimed the Most Representative of Sponsor prize.

The Sponsor Duck Race on the Truckee River was won by The Sign Shop. Second Place went to Truckee River Associates and the Third Place winner was O.B.’s Pub and Restaurant.

The second annual running of the Unlimited Class of Sponsor Ducks, which permits the use of power to propel the ducks down the Truckee River, was won by Alpine Lock and Key. The entry of John Hetz, “Rotary Duck,” placed second with the duck of the Sierra Mountainaires placing third.

“These annual Duck Races are the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club’s most important fund raising event,” said Club President Hetz.

Last year’s proceeds benefited community projects such as The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Angel Network and Project Graduation, provided scholarships and exchange student support, helped local sports and recreation, and helped fund community organizations such as Truckee River Habitat Restoration, Truckee Donner Land Trust and Project MANA.

The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians, members of more than 29,000 Rotary clubs in 161 countries.


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