EUGENE, Ore. — The Great Rotary Duck Race is almost here, and on Tuesday, KEZI 9 News is hosting an all-day ticket drive at the Bi-Mart on West 18th Avenue. The goal is to sell 100,000 tickets, which would set a new record.
Last year, 70,000 ducks were dumped in the Willamette River, and over the past 25 years, more than a million ducks have been sold, with more than $5 million going to non-profit organizations in Lane County. Also, as marketing chair Diana Bray points out, the prizes get better and better each year.
“First place prize is a truck from Kendall Chevrolet, a VW Jetta from Sheppard Motors, a spa from Eugene Spa and Hot Tub, and a beautiful diamond necklace,” says Bray. “But really, ultimately, the biggest gift you can give is to buy a ticket to support the kids.”
A $1,000 Bi-Mart gift certificate is also among the prizes.
Tickets are $5 each and the money will benefit six local agencies that are working to prevent child abuse and neglect. KEZI’s own Matt Templeman will be on hand to sell tickets from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.