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Dam Duck Race raises $12,000+ for Rotary Club

June 29, 2017
By MARTHA SPEAR and TINA LEONARD - Lake Placid Rotary Club ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - A sure sign that it's Father's Day weekend in Lake Placid: Yellow rubber ducks are pouring over the Mill Pond dam in the Chubb River.

Some may wonder when you drive by Lisa G's Restaurant why you are seeing crowds of people cheering for hundreds of little yellow rubber ducks that are rushing over the dam and through the rocks to a finish line.

Most local people and regular visitors know that it's the Annual Rotary Club of Lake Placid's Dam Duck Race fundraiser. It's a great community party to kick off the summer and get us thinking about giving to help others here at home.

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Rotary Club members dump rubber ducks into Mill Pond during this year’s Dam Duck Race down the Chubb River.
(Provided photo — Nancie Battaglia)

The 14th annual Rotary Club of Lake Placid Dam Duck Race was a quacking success as usual thanks to a great team of volunteer and generous donors. As always our greatest thanks goes to the magnificent Lisa Grigoriadis of Lisa G's, who donated her fine establishment for the 14th year in a row to help raise money for the Lake Placid community.

First prize for first duck over the dam that gets caught of $1,000 went to Mary Gibbs with duck No. 588.

We actually caught the first duck over the dam this year, thanks to Randy Quayle, Debbie Erenstone and their team of professional duck-catchers.

Second prize went to Laurie George with No. 823, who donated her winnings back to the Rotary (thank you) and 3rd prize to James Wasson with duck No. 584. Many thanks for Stewart's for matching the Rotary's investment of $500 in this very practical prize.

Rotarians and event Co-Chairs Tina Leonard and Debbie McLean worked countless hours organizing the party, from counting the numbered ducks to lining up volunteers to sell duck tickets at Stewart's. Many thanks to the UPS Store for donating printed and graphic materials. We sold 1,130 duck tickets and 175 gas cards this year (out of only 250). The approximate net income from these and related revenues is $12,581 - 100 percent of which goes back to the community through our Donations Committee, chaired by Ray Agnew.

Past funded projects have included upgrading playground equipment in local public parks, providing bike racks throughout the community, and contributing to the Shipman Youth Center.

Businesses that donated prizes included three who chose to be anonymous, Base Camp Cafe, Big Slide Brewery & Public House, Cafe Rustica, Cornell University, Downtown Diner, Duncan Winter MD, EMS, Fitness Revolution, Healing Elements, High Peaks Cyclery, High Peaks Optimal Health, Jimmy's 21, Jin Jins, Lake Placid Flower & Gift, Lake Placid Horse Shows, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Mirror Lake Inn, Placid Planet Bicycles, Players Sports Bar & Grill, Pourman's Tap House, Pure Placid, River Rock Salon, Subway, Wiseguys Sports Bar & Grill. Thanks to all the prize donors.

Cash sponsors included High Peaks Ford who underwrote the ever-popular bounce house, Adirondack Audit Co, Engel & Voelkers LP Real Estate, Eye Peek, Inc., Gordon W Pratt Agency, Green Goddess Foods, High Peaks Ford, High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid Animal Hospital, Lamb Lumber Co. Inc., NBT Bank, The Bookstore Plus and The Fallen Arch Inc.

Special thanks to the Saranac Lake Rotary Club who brought their wonderful cotton candy machine and a host of volunteers, and to local youth entrepreneur Holly Erenstone who earned over $100 for the project by selling lemonade.

The Lake Placid Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning from 7:20 to 8:30 a.m., usually at the Courtyard by Marriott. The June 29 meeting will be at the Lake Placid Horse Show Pavilion for our annual breakfast there, and the July 13th meeting will be at the Shipman Youth Center for a potluck breakfast.

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