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Rotary Clubs raise big bucks at 18th Annual Ducky Derby

Pictured left to right: Rotary Club
Ducky Derby Chairman Gordon Allott, ducky mascot, Rotarian Judson
Mitchell, and visitor Lucas West at this year’s 18th Annual Ducky Derby. 

The Rotary Clubs of Castle Rock and Castle Pines 18th Annual Ducky
Derby Race may have set a new record for fundraising; early estimates
show this year’s event brought in more than $50,000 to be distributed
among local non-profits and charities. Through the generous efforts of
Rotary members and nearly 40 individual and corporate sponsors, these
much-needed funds will go to the Crisis Center, the Douglas/Elbert Task
Force Food Bank, the Castle Rock Senior Center, Homes for our Troops,
Boy Scouts of America, college scholarships, international exchange
students, and Colorado flood and fire victims.

The Ducky Derby is held on the first Saturday in June in downtown
Castle Rock. This year’s event included live entertainment, food and
beverages, vendor booths, live birds from HawkQuest, a bouncy castle, a
pet adoption booth, face-painting, kiddie train rides, cash, and other
prizes from local merchants. The Ducky Derby Chairman Gordon Allott
said, “The Ducky Derby is a great Castle Rock event that raises money to
support the three local Rotary Clubs’ charitable endeavors, both
locally and internationally.  Although there are a lot of different
things going on at the Ducky Derby, for me personally, the best part of
the Ducky Derby is watching the kids watching the duck race.  It is a
great event for the kids.”

The local Rotary Clubs are part of Rotary International, a
world-wide humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members;
Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.” For more information about
Rotary International or local clubs, visit



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