Vail Rotary Duck Race grosses over $100,000 |

Vail Rotary Duck Race grosses over $100,000

Thousands of adopted toy ducks float out of the starting area after the gates were lifted during the Vail Rotary Rubber Duck Race Sunday in Vail.
Justin Q. McCarty | Special to the Daily |

VAIL — The 17th annual Vail Rotary Duck Race grossed over $100,000, and 40 donated prizes were won by people who adopted ducks. The top prizewinner was eligible for a prize of $1 million, but this year there was no million dollar winner.

A few, but not all, of the projects planned for 2015:

• The Vail Rotary Learning Initiative, supporting Home-Based Childcare.

• Scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

• Dictionaries for all third-grade students in the Vail Valley (since 1999).

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• Funding and a crew for the Interstate 70 highway cleanup.

• Provide I Can Read Songs program for local primary school children.

• Funding for the Zeke Pierce Memorial Scholarship for Paramedic Students at Edwards CMC.

• Present the annual Career Day for high school juniors and seniors.

• Host and send students abroad through Rotary International Youth Exchange.

• Support for Polio Plus, the Rotary International Polio Eradication Program.

• Fund a telemedicine program in Kosovo.

In addition, there were many nonprofits that sold ducks for this event. Those nonprofits (sales partners) sold almost 5,000 ducks and will receive a return of 60 percent of their total sales. The estimated total is over $16,000.

The nonprofit sales partners were:

• Eagle Lions Club

• Edwards Rotary

• Eagle Valley Child Care

• Eagle Valley Seniors

• Eagle Valley Senior Life

• Friends of Dance

• Small Champions

• Vail Boy Scouts

• Vail Gymnastics

• Vail Recreation District

• Vail Rotary (does not include farmers market)

• West Eagle Valley Rotary

The Vail Rotary Club was established in 1971 and was the original “Community Chest” in the valley and perhaps one of the first 501(c)3s in the entire valley. The club has always been a great think tank for what is needed in the community.

Prize winners in the 17th annual Vail Rotary Labor Day Duck Race:

1. Vail Rotary, $5,000, Cash, Lisa Tuthill, Avon

2. East West Resorts, $3,000, 2 nights- 3 bedroom, Ed Swinford, Edwards

3. Santa Barbara Beach Cottage, $1,600, 4 nights (provided by Mr & Mrs Ruh), Chuck Wallace, Florida

4. The Charter @ Beaver Creek, $1,200, 2 nights – 2 bedroom, Cythia Krause, Edwards

5. Minturn Anglers, $650, 2 person 2 day fly fishing school, Jennifer Ott

6. Park Hyatt BC, $500, 2 night stay, Tim Dahlberg, Denver

7. Pettit Photograpy, $475, 1.5 Photo session / digital negatives, Jason Miller, Texas

8. Karats, $300, gift certificate, Lisa LaRule, Vail

9. Vines at Vail Winery, $300, 1 case of wine, Kristin Rees, Texas

10. 4 Eagle Ranch, $270, Sleigh Ride Dinner for family of 4, Lisa LaRule, Vail

11. La Tour, $250, gift certificate, Karen Walsey

12. Lodge & Spa Cordillera, $250, 1 night stay Mtn Lodge room, James Kneser

13. The Home Depot, $250, Store purchase, Constance Irons, Vail

14. The Home Depot, $250, Store purchase, Patrick Stadler, Vail

15. Cos Bar, $200, Beauty Lesson, Julie Switzer, Minnesota

16. Vail Vitality , $200, 3 Private Lessons, Telia Tyler / Taylor Petrowski, Avon

17. PLATA Jewelers, $199, Amethyst necklace, Chris McVay

18. Aria Spa & Club, $175, 1 month membership, James Kneser

19. Vail Vitality , $175, 1 Magnesium Wellness Massage, Jerry McArthur

20. Spa Anhjali, $150, 10 Punch Yoga punch card, Darwin Winn, Texas

21. FRINJE, $100, gift certificate, Lisa Laursen, Boulder

22. Up the Creek Bar & Grill, $100, gift certificate, Jessie Cauffman, Pennsylvania

23. Route 6 Diner, $75, gift certificate, Jim Price

24. Tiffany’s, $75, Gift Card, Sherry Nauss, Littleton

25. Mountain Pedaler, $65, gift certificate, Linda Borton, Illinois

26. Moutain Pedaler, $65, gift certificate, John Whinery, Texas

27. Alpine Gardens, $50, Gif Card, Bev Barnes, Wolcott

28. Sweet Basil, $50, gift certificate, Jason Leach, Avon

29. Mountain Standard, $50, gift certificate, Cynthia Hess

30. Alpine Gardens, $50, Gift Card, Nicole Geraci, Avon

31. Fiesta Jalisco – Avon, $50, gift certificate, Laura Kayata, Texas

32. The Pet Boutique of Vail, $50, gift certificate, Alpenrose, Vail

33. The Pet Boutique of Vail, $50, gift certificate, Declan Lott

34. Pazzo’s, $25, gift certificate, Mag Hartley, Eagle

35. Pazzo’s, $25, gift certificate, Paula Kling, Avon

36. The Fitz @ Manor Vail, $25, gift certificate, Charla Blizzard, Gypsum

37. The Fitz @ Manor Vail, $25, gift certificate, Rose Stratton, Edwards

38. Woodys Restaurant, $25, gift certificate, Rissa Walsdorf, New York

39. Woodys Restaurant, $25, gift certificate, Brad Wolniak, Edwards

40. Riverwalk Barber Shop, $20, Hair Cut, Wolf Mueller, Vail

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