EUGENE, Ore. — Local Rotarians handed out checks worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to treat and prevent child abuse in Lane County. The money given away Tuesday is the end result of the Great Rotary Duck Race presented by First Tech Credit Union.
More than a dozen local non-profits apply for money from the event. But only five will take home checks worth up to $50,000. Those groups are Birth to Three, Center for Community Counseling, Womenspace, Family Relief Nursery, and Direction Service.
“Fifty-thousand dollars is more than one person, more than one paid position in our agency, so that translates to roughly 170 children and families who will receive service this year because of Rotarian efforts,” said Aimee Walsh, Direction Service.
This year, local Rotarians sold the second-highest number of tickets in the history of the Duck Race of more than $68,000. Next year’s goal is to raise nearly $74,000.