Sunday, July 6, 2003

Some good news

FreeStore gets ducks in a row

Allen Howard

It is time for those 80,000 rubber ducks to jump into the Ohio River and race for a 2003 Toyota - and if one is real lucky, collect a million dollars.

The annual Rubber Duck Regatta to raise money for the FreeStore/FoodBank is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 31.

The ducks, bought by supporters, will be dumped off the Purple People Bridge into a trap, shaped like a triangle. The trap is pulled a quarter-mile down river.

The adoptive owner of the duck that crosses the finish line first wins a new Toyota.

An added incentive is that if the lucky duck is also the Provident Bank Million Dollar Duck, the winner will also get a million dollars.

"The Grant Thornton Accounting Firm will pre-select 24 ducks, and if the winning duck is one of the 24 pre-selected ducks, it qualifies as the Provident Bank Million Dollar Duck," said Kathie Uhlmansiek, special events coordinator.

The event is the biggest fund-raiser for the FreeStore/FoodBank, said Cathy Boston, volunteer program manager. "Our goal this year is to raise $350,000."

The agency is asking for volunteers to help sell adopt-a-duck papers.

"We would like teams of volunteers from companies and organizations. They can conduct internal competitions among employees and members of organization," Boston said. "We would like to get individual volunteers. We also need people to help label the ducks and we will need volunteers to help clean up after the regatta."

Boston said supporters may adopt a duck for $5. They will get one free duck for each five purchased.

Adoption papers may be obtained by calling 929-3825, visiting any Kroger store, Provident Bank branch, or the agency's Web site at

The FreeStore/FoodBank serves close to 300,000 people each year through its direct client services in Over-the-Rhine and through a network of more than 500 food pantries.

For information, call 482-4500.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News'' column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.

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