Just shy of $90,000 was distributed to local youth groups during a special Rotary Duck Race awards presentation evening at The ACT tonight.
Close to 90 people were invited to attend the dinner reception, to collect a cheque on behalf of their Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows youth group or to be thanked for helping raise that much money.
The Rotary Duck Race was held during the August long weekend, but tickets were sold on the race throughout the spring and summer by various youth groups and both Meadowridge and Haney Rotary Clubs.
It’s a huge community fundraiser, that thanks to sponsorship and in-kind gifts, is able to donate every cent earned back to the community – and specifically to this town’s young people.
Event organizer – affectionately dubbed Papa Duck – was granted the highest honour. The long-time Rotarian was presented with his third Paul Harris Fellowship, a Rotary-specific honour that is given in recognition of outstanding commitment.
And that’s what he has demonstrated over the duck race’s three year history in this community, working tirelessly behind the scenes coordinating and ensuring the event run smooth, said Meadowridge Rotary Club president Adrienne Dale when presenting the award.
“I’m very honoured to say the least,” said Shantz, who isn’t known for his long speeches.
He did, however, spent the night – with the help of emcee Fred Armstrong – give thanks to many other individuals, sponsors, and groups who made this year’s event another success.
He noted that through the race’s three-year history, they’ve raised a little more than $250,000 that has gone back directly to youth organizations.
Each group participating sells tickets, knowing 100 per cent of the money raised will come back to them.
There were 27 cheques presented Wednesday night, the biggest amounts raised by Pitt Meadows Youth Basketball Association (which just so happened to sell the grand prize winning ticket). They raised $11,500.
The next highest amount was raised b Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association, taking home a $10,250 cheque, with the 1st Haney Scouts earning the third highest fundraising goal of $7,600.
• Stay tuned to The TIMES online and print editions for more about the duck race awards evening, all the other individuals and groups recognized for their service in making the race and the ticket sales possible, and the organizations that will reap the financial rewards.
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