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Ducks now on sale for Rubber Duck Dash
August 14, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis - From left, Kent Holub with TEAM Auto Center, along with United Way special events co-chairs Ruben Hernandez and Brady Shaul, gather around the two top prizes in this year’s Rubber Duck Dash.

Volunteers with United Way of Western Nebraska were at the Scotts Bluff County Fair last week to announce that ducks are on sale for the agency’s 17th annual Rubber Duck Dash, coming up on Saturday, Sept. 13.

People will want to get their ducks early, as this year’s grand prize is a fully-equipped 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe donated by TEAM Auto Center. Second prize is a Honda four-wheel-drive ATV from Sandberg Honda. Numerous other prizes include everything from a Traeger Grill to a York furnace installation, from gift cards to a La-Z-Boy recliner.

“We have 20,000 ducks and we’re hoping to sell out this year,” said Brady Shaul, special events co-chair. “We’re also hoping to get them back into the river this year. People really like to watch the ducks as they float down the river to the finish line. So far, the water level in the river is looking pretty good.”

The event will include blowup inflatables for the kids, food vendors and games. Several United Way sponsoring businesses will also be there with information for the public.

The Rubber Duck Dash starts at 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 in the pavilion area at Trails West YMCA Camp in Riverside Park in Scottsbluff. Post time for the ducks is 10:30 a.m.

“We’re always looking for volunteers to help,” Shaul said. “If someone has a pair of duck waders and wants to get into the water, we’re happy to have them.”

United Way has set a $370,000 goal for the current campaign to help 19 member agencies as they serve the community in a number of ways.

“Everyone at the dealership is excited to get behind United Way,” said Kent Holub of TEAM Auto Center. “The majority of everything they raise goes right back into the community. A lot of the organizations could really use the money to help people. It makes a big impact on the community, so we’re glad to be involved.”

For information on volunteering or to find businesses where ducks are being sold, call the United Way offices at (308) 635-2522.

Agencies supported by United Way for the 2014-2015 campaign year 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, Disability Rights Nebraska, Diversified Services, Inc., DOVES, Foster Grandparent Program (CAPWN), Foster Grandparent Program (NCAP), Guadalupe Center, Monument Family Connections, Panhandle Independent Living Services, panhandle Youth Shelter/Group Home (CAPWN), Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, Camp Scott Summer Program for Handicapped Children and the Western Nebraska Child Development Center (CAPWN).
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