Rotary race on the river just ducky

First rubber duck that crosses line wins a new car for lucky number holder

  • Jul. 21, 2015 6:00 p.m.
The fifth annual Rotary Duck Race brought out thousands to the Alouette River Sunday and raised more than $57

The fifth annual Rotary Duck Race brought out thousands to the Alouette River Sunday and raised more than $57

Dawn Alexander of Pitt Meadows was the big winner at the fifth annual Rotary Duck Race Sunday.

Alexander’s $10 ticket turned into a $22,000 Dodge Dart thanks to Maple Ridge Chrysler after her rubber duck was the first to cross the finish line Sunday on the Alouette River.

Initial figures have the Rotary raising more than $57,000 for local youth organizations.

In its five-year history, the Rotary Duck Race has raised more than $400,000. This year’s initial totals are down from 2014, where the event raised more than $83,000.

Race organizer Bob Shantz said the warm weather, sunshine, and entertainment made a great day. He said none of it is possible without everyone who donated their time.

“A great big thank you to the numerous volunteers, both with rotary and friends of rotary,” said Shantz.

Dawn Fritz of Maple Ridge won the $2,000 cash prize, while Chris Cannell took home the $1,000 furniture package from Fuller Watson. Bernice Pierce has a $1,000 to spend at Mark’s Work Wearhouse while Shana McPherson won the show tickets to the River Rock and dinner at Chances Maple Ridge. Carla Glasgow will be hitting the links at Meadows Gardens with two rounds of golf for four while Zachary Wachowicz won then 40-inch flat-screen TV from Haney Sewing and Sound.