Vail Rotary Club fund-raising campaign kicks off Thursday |

Vail Rotary Club fund-raising campaign kicks off Thursday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

The Vail Rotary Club will kick off its 2009 Duck Race fund-raising campaign May 21 at a reception hosted by Marketplace on Meadow Drive. The reception is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Marketplace on Meadow Drive is again the presenting sponsor of the Duck Race.

The reception will acknowledge previous Duck Race sponsors and welcome potential new sponsors to Rotarians from the Vail, Eagle and Edwards clubs. Guests will be treated to wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

Thanks to the Marketplace’s sponsorship, Vail Rotary was able to purchase its own fleet of ducks. The club estimates that having its own ducks saves more than 200 man-hours of work each year.

The Vail Rotary Club held its first duck race in 1998, and uses the proceeds to fund its charitable projects. Current Rotary projects that will be funded by this year’s event include youth exchanges, water projects in Guatemala, free dictionaries for all third graders in the valley, a dental mission providing free dental care to a remote village in Ecuador, funds for the Rotary Childrens Health and Wellness Program (providing medical, dental and audio-visual assistance to children without health insurance since 2000), funds for OrphanAct, supporting the operation of orphanages in Siberia and the Philipines, and higher education scholarships for service-minded students in the valley.

Many of the international projects that the Vail Rotary Club supports have supplemental funds provided from the district and international arms of Rotary, which gets even more from local donations.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Duck sales have already begun, and ducks can be purchased on line at Other non-profit groups in the valley help sell ducks each year as fund-raisers, splitting the proceeds with the Vail Club.

The Marketplace on Meadow Drive is on the ground floor of One Willow Bridge Road, and features services including gourmet groceries and prepared foods, deli service, a wine bar and unique gifts. For more information, go to

For more information about the reception, call Karen Rinehart, concierge at Marketplace on Meadow Drive, 970-477-4370. For more information about Rotary clubs in the Vail valley, go to

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