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Duck Dash car goes to Gering family
September 20, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Carol Farrington of Gering is the grand prize winner of a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro in this year’s United Way of Western Nebraska Rubber Duck Dash last Saturday. From left are event co-chair Ruben Hernandez, Kent Holub from TEAM Chevrolet, Carol Farrington, Annie Farrington, Kenny Farrington, and event co-chair Brady Shaul.

Although the ducks couldn’t go into the river due to the high water level and strong current, the annual Rubber Duck Dash, sponsored by the United Way of Western Nebraska went well.

The grand prize of a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, donated by TEAM Chevrolet, was presented to Carol Farrington of Gering. She came in to the Chevy dealership the week of the dash to purchase five ducks.
“I’ve been buying ducks for the past few years and bought one for each member of our immediate family,” Farrington said. “I guess this is a community family car.”

She added that her daughter, Annie, is celebrating her birthday this week, so she will probably be the first to drive the car. However, Annie admitted she probably won’t get rid of her truck.

“United Way is such a good cause so we like to support it,” Farrington said. “I don’t know if I or my daughter was more excited when we got the call. We were out working in the yard at the time.”
To determine winners, 16,560 ducks were dumped into a huge pile in front of the YMCA Trails West Pavilion in Riverside Park Saturday morning. Blindfolded volunteers then dug into the pile to pull out the winners.

“This is exciting for us,” said Kent Holub of TEAM Chevrolet. “It’s fun to move the car around to various events so people can see it. We had a lot of people coming in to buy ducks for the event. This is just a great way to support the community.”

The other top five winners include Mike and Tera Flick, who won a 2013 Honda 4WH ATV from Sandberg Honda. Olga Torres won the third place prize of a furnace installation from Gering Valley One Hour. A $2,000 fourth place cash price from McDonald’s of Western Nebraska and Torrington, Wyo. went to Patti Schledwitz. And the fifth place prize of a Traeger Grill from Johnson Cashway Lumber was awarded to Joyce Moeller.

Jeana Allen, United Way special events and marketing coordinator, said she was pleased with the number of ducks sold for the event – coming close to the 20,000 available for sale.

“Some years or up and others are down,” Allen said. “It’s an unrealistic goal to believe we’ll sell out every year, like we did last year. But we’re pleased with this number.”

She added that once the totals are calculated, they expect the event to raise between $60,000 and $70,000 for the United Way of Western Nebraska.

United Way’s 2013 – 2014 agencies include Assets Building Choices (CAPWN), Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America, Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, CAPstone, Carpenter Center, CASA of Scotts Bluff County, Cirrus House Transitional Age Program, Community Ever Green House (CAPWN), The Diaper Depot, Disability Rights Nebraska, DOVES, Foster Grandparent Program (CAPWN), Foster Grandparent Program (NCAP), Gering Multi-Purpose Senior Citizen Center, Guadalupe Center, Legal Aid of Nebraska, Monument Family Connections, Panhandle Humane Society, Panhandle Independent Living Services, Riverside Discovery Center Education Outreach, Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, Scottsbluff Senior Center, Camp Scott Summer Program for Handicapped Children and the Western Nebraska Child Development Center (CAPWN).
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