Duck Derby Raises $16,000 for HELP Committee

thousands-of-ducks_28sep10-150x150.jpgThousands of yellow rubber ducks raced down the Susquehanna River on Saturday, September 25, 2010 to raise funds for Springbrook’s HELP (Helping Enrich the Lives of our Participants) Committee's Annual Duck Derby and Family Day.  The money will be used to provide mini grants to individuals with developmental disabilities who lack the financial resources to meet all of their needs.  Past grants have been used for clothing, Christmas gifts, therapies, horseback riding lessons, summer camps and supplies.

duck-dumping_28sep10-150x150.jpgAt noon, Patricia Kennedy, Seth Haight, Ted Martin of Ted Martin Builders, Johnathan Cahenzli and other Springbrook staff and participants dumped buckets containing over 2,100 rubber ducks off the Otsego County Route 47 bridge into the river.  HELP Committee members and volunteers waded in the river at the finish line in Fortin Park to catch the ducks.

Congratulations to Ray Haywood of Oneonta, who won the grand prize of $1,000 when his duck came in first.  Margot Summerhill of Pawtucket, RI finished second, Sonia Brandenburg of Oneonta placed third and Penny Brown's duck was the last to cross the finish line.  Many local businesses and individuals donated prizes for the top finishers.  Click here for a full list of winning ducks.

singing-sign-sations_28sep101-300x192.jpgEntertainment for the day included carnival games and face painting, DJ Patrick Dewey, a basket raffle for baskets made by Springbrook staff and participants and musical performance by Springbrook’s Singing Sign-Sations and FLAME the Band, from the Lexington Center in Gloversville.

Congratulations to all of the winners - and thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success!

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