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Tickets now on sale for Rotary's Duck Dash

 

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Joan Tilton, right, and Lee Harman, Rotary members and Head Ducks, call out the winners of last year's Rotary Duck Dash on July 4, 2016.

Tickets for the Great Stilly Duck Dash are now on sale and help raise funds for a number of community organizations this year.

Arlington Rotary releases hundreds of rubber ducks into the Stillaguamish River on the Fourth of July for a race.

Each duck has a number of a ticket holder on it as well to determine prize winners. Last year had 10 $1,000 winners and 10 $100 winners.

The local Rotary Club holds the event every year as one of their major fundraisers and often chooses a large project to focus on.

"For the past couple of years we've been funding the Haller Park splash pad or construction at the [Arlington] Boys & Girls Club, but the splash pad is funded, and the Boys & Girls Club is done," said Jessica Ronhaar, Arlington Rotary member.

So instead of a big project this year, the Rotary wanted to increase some of their funding to nonprofit organizations around the community.

"We want people to know about and see all of the ways our fundraising goes to help the Arlington community as a whole," said Ronhaar.

Those organizations include Youth Dynamics, the Stillaguamish Senior Center, Arlington Kids' Kloset and the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.

Rotary funds help pay for the senior center's programs, and provide clothes and supplies to Arlington Kids' Kloset, which provides children's clothes to low-income families.

They've also sponsored travel and competition fees for the Arlington High School Neobots robotic team and provided scholarships for local kids to go on adventure trips provided by Youth Dynamics.

The Rotary Club has also committed to helping the Arlington Boys & Girls Club for the next three years with part of their rebuilding efforts.

Last year the club raised more than $212,000, with $71,625 from ticket sales, $90,650 from sponsor donations and a $50,000 match from the Stillaguamish Tribe.

The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Haller Park on the Fourth of July, provides a community place to gather after the city's parade.

"It gives the public something to do during that part of the day," between the parade and fireworks, said Ronhaar.

This year, the Rotary Club hopes to bring more music, crafting and carnival games to Haller Park.

The event also brings together a lot of families at Haller Park for the evening.

"It helps bring our whole community together," said Ronhaar.

"I like just watching everyone collect their tickets and the families gathering to see all the ducks go down the river," she said.

People also like being part of a yearly event, said Ronhaar.

"Because it is something that has happened in the past and will continue in the future, so it's a tradition," she said.

Rotary members will be selling tickets throughout Arlington's Fourth of July events and throughout the rest of June as well.

More information about the event is available at greatstillyduckdash.com.

 

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