Vail Daily letter: How a duck can save your life |

Vail Daily letter: How a duck can save your life

The Duck Race marks the end of summer in Vail and, even if you’ve already bought a duck, buy another one. Here’s why.

The money raised through the sale of those rubber ducks helps the local Rotary Club fund a variety of scholarships for young people in the Vail Valley. Skeptics might argue that buying one duck is unlikely to make a difference when the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, and $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities, according to the College Board.

Yet consider the scholarship the Rotary Club started last year in the name of our late family member Zeke Pierce. Zeke was a special guy who lived joyfully and helped the Rotary promote the Duck Race with zeal, wit and humor. The Zeke Scholarship, as we call it, has already helped one promising young woman take EMT courses at Colorado Mountain College. The duck sales from last year covered a meaningful portion of her scholarship. And the skills she gains benefit all of us.

In the coming week, when you pass through the Vail Farmers Market, please look for the Rotary tent with “Zeke” written on the side. Buy some ducks to help the young people of this valley grow and flourish in a variety of ways. Your duck might win the race and get a great prize. It is most likely that you will simply help a young person build or enhance their skills, which benefit the community as well.

The Rotary Club truly strengthens the community.

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We love you forever, Zeke,

The Pierce and Cullman families

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