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Rotary thanks Duck Dash sponsors


Christopher Andersson

Representatives of businesses and organizations that helped sponsor this year's Arlington Rotary Duck Dash gathered for a lunch on June 29.

The Rotary Duck Dash raised about $81,000 from sponsors this year and the local service club thanked sponsors during a lunch on June 29.

This is the 29th year for the event, which sees hundreds of ducks float down the Stillaguamish River. Locals can purchase tickets to see if their duck will win and receive prizes during the Fourth of July event

"This is our one and only fundraiser through the Rotary Club," said Erik Granroth, outgoing president of the Rotary Club.

The funds help many local organizations and projects. The Duck Dash has gone to a specific project, like the Haller Park splash pad, in the past few years, but this year is going to help Arlington organizations in general this year.

"The money we raise through Duck Dash is money we use to support the community," said Granroth.

"We work with the Cocoon House, the Boys & Girls Club, we do work in the community," he said.

The Rotary has helped the Arlington Boys & Girls Club remodel.

"We committed $10,000 for five years, so a total of $50,000. A really small part of the piece for the Boys & Girls Club, but it was a piece that helped put that together," said Paul Ellis, this year's Duck Dash chairman and Arlington city administrator.

"You drive by now and you have more gym space, nice fields and more activities for the kids," he said.

Incoming president Jola Barnett said there are numerous other programs the Rotary Club helps sponsor as well.

"All sorts of other community organization like the Kids' Kloset, the Stillaguamish Senior Center, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, there's so many to even list," she said.

Since 2011 the local club has taken sponsorships for their signature Fourth of July event.

"We started to help cover the cost of the actual Duck Dash itself," said Barnett. "So the money we raised from the tickets would be 100 percent given back to the community."

At this point, though, sponsors help cover much more than the cost of the event and the club has raised about $485,000 from sponsors since they began.

This year's biggest sponsor was Dwayne Lane's Arlington Chevrolet.

"Every year I'm blown away by the generosity of Tom Lane and Dwayne Lane's," said Barnett.

"They've been a sponsor for us at high levels for nine years," she said, adding that they've been the highest level of sponsor for the last four.

Skagit Regional Health is a gold sponsor this year.

"For the last few years they have been matching funds from Cascade Valley Hospital and this year their sponsorship committee took a look at the work we're doing and generously agreed to support at the $5,000 gold sponsor level," said Barnett.

Other sponsors who donated at least $2,000 include AMT Senior Aerospace, Gerber Collision, Penway Media, Symmetry Chiropractic, Eagle Family Dental, the Stillaguamish Tribe, Cuz Concrete, John Meno of Edward Jones Investments and B&B Fabricators.

There were 31 other organizations who donated at least $1,000.

More information about the Rotary Duck Dash is available at


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