EUGENE, Ore. — With a table decked out with goodies — balloons, plastic ducks, even tattoos — the staff of five local non-profits spent Tuesday trying to lure in customers. The morning started off with nibbles, but before long, they nabbed some big catches.
“We’re really getting a pretty steady amount of people coming here,” said Davina Jones, who works at Willamette Family Treatment Services, one of this year’s recipient agencies. “I think all the agencies that are selling here today are going to benefit from this one, so it’s good. It’s going very well.”
Over the course of the day, a tally of tickets sold grew from just a few chicken scratches to hundreds of them.
“It’s pretty special, that’s for sure,” said Burnell Ambrose, “because the agencies are what this is all about.”
Ambrose, this year’s honorary Papa Duck, has sold 125 books of tickets so far, but has a goal of hitting 200. He said this is the time of year he starts making ‘reminder’ calls to his friends, family and acquaintances who haven’t bought their tickets yet.
“I’m expecting a lot of ducks coming in in the next two weeks,” he said.
The group at Bi-Mart Tuesday wasn’t able to sell 125 books, but every ticket sold makes a difference.
“We are very fortunate this year that we do get to receive monies from the Great Rotary Duck Race,” Jones said. “Even if we weren’t, the monies that are raised from this all stay in our community to help fight child abuse and other issues that are going on, so it’s a great cause.”
That should be motivation enough, but if it’s not, there’s always the 2012 VW Beetle Turbo from Sheppard Motors, the 2012 Chevy Silverado donated by Kendall Auto Group, Eugene Spa & Hot Tub Company’s Caldera spa or some of the other $87,000 in prizes to tempt you.
Added Burnell: “There are a bunch of great prizes.”
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