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Ducks equal dollars in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

New KidSport chair Gary Manson (right,) along with former chair Len Walters, accepted a cheque for KidSport from Irena Shantz, during the annual Rotary Duck Race dinner on Wednesday night.  - Eric Zimmer/TIMES
New KidSport chair Gary Manson (right,) along with former chair Len Walters, accepted a cheque for KidSport from Irena Shantz, during the annual Rotary Duck Race dinner on Wednesday night.
— image credit: Eric Zimmer/TIMES

by Eric Zimmer

A fixed-ceiling lift that will service and assist patients with mobility challenges is the latest purchase by the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, made possible by a donation from Meadow Ridge Rotary and Haney Rotary.

The donation presentation was just one of the highlights during the Rotary Duck Race dinner, held at Meadow gardens Golf Club on Wednesday night.

This year’s dinner had a special feel to it, as the event also paid tribute to one of the Duck Race founders, ‘Poppa Duck’ Bob Shantz, who passed away earlier this year. The donation to the Foundation was made in honour of Bob and his wife Irena, who was also presented with a memento during the evening as well.

“We miss him dearly,” said Bonnie Telep, who emceed the event. “And Irena had a lot to do with putting this whole meeting together.”

Numerous sponsors of the event were recognized as well, including Ian Speckman of Maple Ridge Chrysler.

“This is the fifth year that Ian has sponsored our duck race,” said Telep. “This year he gave us a 2014 Dodge Dart. Without Ian and Maple Ridge Chrysler we would not be able to do this duck race. We are so grateful for this, and looking forward to next year.”

Other Duck Race cash and prize sponsors included Manulife Financial, Brian Bekar and Marks in Maple Ridge, Fuller Watson, Chances Maple Ridge, Meadow Gardens Golf Course, and Haney Sewing and Sound.

Numerous community groups, clubs, and teams benefited from their fundraising efforts for this year’s Duck Race.

“Each group tonight will receive 90 per cent of their ticket sales,” Telep explained. “It’s a wonderful thing for the youth groups. Instead of standing outside a store selling chocolate bars and getting 50 per cent on every bar, they get to keep 90 per cent of ticket sale dollars.”

And that translates into a nice influx of cash for those who are involved:

1st Albion Scouts and Beavers: $1,323

1st Laity View Scouts: $1,503

1st Yennadon Scouts:$2,655

Albion FC: $720

Alexandar Robinson PAC: $189

BC Girls Choir: $900

Blue Door Youth Housing $522

Edith McDermott Elementary: $900

Eric Langton Elementary: $3,060

Haney Neptunes: $270

Harry Hooge PAC $810

KidSport: $23,471.09

North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association: $3,213

Pitt Meadows Paddling Club: $756

Pitt Meadows Scouts: $729

Pitt Meadows Youth Basketball: $12,510

Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club $1,179

Ridge Meadows Bruins Rugby Club $405

Ridge Meadows Speed Skating: $1,800

Ridge Meadows Special Olympics: $801

“In five years of this, we’ve raised just about $400,000,” Telep noted. “Next year, we’d like to hit $500,000.”

 

 

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