Virtual Duck Race Benefits Eagle Rock’s Graduate Higher Ed Fund

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We’re super excited to finally announce the pandemic version of the Estes Park Duck Race. This year’s highly anticipated Estes Park Rotary Duck Race is still on, featuring cash and high-end prizes, the excitement of a competitive race, and the opportunity to help Eagle Rock School graduates with the cost of higher education.

However, because of the ongoing health pandemic that is curtailing such in-person crowd-pleasing events around the globe, the 2020 duck race won’t exactly be all that it’s previously been quacked up to be. This year’s race will be delivered virtually, online. So when we say, “You don’t have to be present to win,” this time around we really mean you don’t have to be present to win. In fact, we would prefer you stay at home.

On a serious note, the Estes Park Rotary Duck Race is the biggest fundraiser of the year that we’re asked to participate in, and we’re grateful for the Estes Park Rotary Club’s decision to hold the 2020 race — broadcasting the event live and immediately announcing the winners to an audience of duck adopters watching online from the comfort of their homes.

Here’s are how things are going to go down the river this time around:

It’s going to be a virtual Duck Race, run on Saturday, Sept. 19. However, instead of dropping rubber duckies in the river and pulling them out at the finish line, the event’s organizers are going to put all the duck’s bib numbers in a rotating barrel and pull them out one by one.

Each duck’s bib number will be entered into the computer, as has been done for many years, winners will be determined by a random, double-blind selection process. The race will be live streamed over the Internet, and winners will be posted online within minutes of being entered into the system. Because the race will be broadcast live, it provides an opportunity to involve out-of-town and out-of-state contributors to our Graduate Higher Education Fund in a whole new way.

Those of you who choose to adopt a duck — or ducks — have a shot at gift cards for merchandise valued at $20 and more. And by more, we mean much more. The first-place winner will receive $2,000 in cold, hard cash. The second-place winner nets $1,000, and the third-place winner gets a three-day stay for two guests at Pine Lodge on the Whitefish River in Whitefish, Mont.

Also, local merchants won’t be donating prizes this year. Instead, prizes will come in the form of Duck Bucks, which can be redeemed at local businesses in Estes Park just like cash.

Our Graduate Higher Education Fund has traditionally been among the 60 or so local not-for-profit recipients of adoption revenues. Specifically, the fund supports our student graduates, granting each of them up to $14,000 toward the costs of higher education.

Most of our graduates were students who didn’t do well in a traditional high school setting, let alone consider attending college. Today, 70 percent of our recent grads are in college. Several are in graduate school. Others are working and saving to go to college.

Which is why we’re asking friends, family, fans, and any and all members of the Eagle Rock community to buy a duck or two — or a dozen — to continue this well-worth-it way of raising money for the Graduate Higher Education Fund.

Finally, it is not lost on us that we are living in a very unique time and some in our community are facing similarly difficult financial circumstances. If you are able to support the Graduate Higher Education Fund this year with a duck adoption or two, our graduates deeply appreciate it. And if you are not, we completely understand that as well.

The cost to adopt a duck in this year’s race is $22. For each duck purchased and credited for Eagle Rock School, $19 goes directly to the Eagle Rock Graduate Higher Education Fund.

If you’re ready to adopt some ducks, here’s what you should do:

  1. Click Adopt Now
  2. Choose your quantity of single Duck Adoptions or Quack Packs
  3. Click the Check Out button
  4. Enter in your information where it’s asked for
  5. For each adoption, choose “Eagle Rock School” from the Select Charity dropdown menu (doing so designates $19 of each duck’s $22 adoption fee to toward our Graduate Higher Education Fund)
  6. Finish up by using PayPal or a credit or debit card to complete for your duck adoption

For more information on this year’s race, please visit the 2020 Estes Park Duck Race Festival website.

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