It’s Duck Race Time Again!

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It’s that time of year again: Adopt a duck, send a graduate to college!

Read on for all the details:

The 2016 Duck Race & Festival benefiting the Eagle Rock School’s Graduate Higher Education Fund is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, in Estes Park, and is the perfect platform for parents, supporters and other members of the Eagle Rock community to raise funds for one of our most important projects on campus.

This — the 28th annual duck race — continues a tradition started in 1989 that has, so far, returned more than $2 million to local charities and groups.

How much money, you ask? A whopping $19 out of every $20 (or $21 if purchased online) spent to adopt a rubber ducky for the race goes directly to the Eagle Rock Graduate Higher Education Fund.

2016 Estes Park Duck Race Logo

If you do the math, that’s 95 percent of the proceeds from each duck adoption. Of course it helps that Rotary Club volunteers — like Eagle Rock’s own head of school, Jeff Liddle — run the Duck Race, thus keeping fundraising overheard low. That means that if you specify Eagle Rock School as the recipient, we get the $19 donation, which goes directly into our Graduate Fund, which supports past and future Eagle Rock graduates in their pursuit of higher education.

This program is unique to Eagle Rock, with each and every graduate eligible for up to $14,000 toward the cost of undergraduate and post-graduate education. That scholarship is quite useful to our grads. And as we continue to feed the Graduate Fund, the amount awarded each graduate will increase.

Come race day (May 7), festival-goers will meet at Nikki’s Steakhouse On The River on the west side of downtown Estes Park where thousands of numbered rubber duckies will be released in the Fall River, floating downstream to the finish line on the Big Thompson River.

The fastest ducks to cross the finish line win prizes — and there are hundreds of prizes to be awarded. The duck race committee has garnered support from major sponsors, and local merchants have contributed many more prizes, valued from $20 and more. You can check out the duck race prizes here, and there are some big ones!

To Purchase Online

You can visit and buy up as many tickets as you can afford, making sure to choose Eagle Rock School as the recipient of your adoption.

If you’re ordering online, please credit the Eagle Rock student or staff member who contacted you and sold you the ticket. Then be sure to click “Eagle Rock School” from the drop down menu.

To Purchase by Check

If you don’t want to pay online, you can send a check to:

2016 Duck Race
c/o: Eagle Rock School
2750 Notaiah Road
Estes Park, Colorado 80517

To Purchase by Phone

Another way to participate would be to purchase tickets over the phone with a credit or debit card. Call us here at Eagle Rock at (970) 586-7158 to make your purchase by phone.

Finally, from all of us at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center, we want to thank you for your donation. Your support makes a meaningful impact on the lives of our graduates.

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