Changes Coming to Annual Rotary Raffle

EUGENE, Ore. — Major changes coming this year to the Great Rotary Duck Race. The little rubber duckies floating down the Willamette will no longer decide the winner. This year, they’re changing it to the Great Rotary Raffle. Organizers say they made the change because of increasing costs and because it was so labor intensive. … Continue reading »

Willamette Family Offers Support

EUGENE, Ore. — The Willamette Family Center is one of the nonprofits receiving money from this year’s Great Rotary Duck Race. The center offers inpatient and outpatient services for people dealing with addictions. One man, who’s been through the program says it was the parenting classes, which helped turn his life around. For Chris Carlisle … Continue reading »

Great Rotary Duck Race Applications

EUGENE, Ore. — It seems like last year’s Great Rotary Duck Race just ended, but it’s already time to plan for this year’s. Applications for groups that want funding from the race are now being accepted for the 2014 event. The deadline for applying is Feb. 3. Five organizations will be selected to receive about $50,000 each in proceeds — … Continue reading »

Annual Rotary Duck Race Wraps Up

EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of yellow rubber ducks rode the currents of the Willamette River on Saturday for a good cause. Organizers say the Great Rotary Duck Race‘s fight against child abuse had another great year. Organizers say the community stepped up in the battle, helping to raise more than $340,000 for the cause. They … Continue reading »

Volunteers Prepare for Duck Race

EUGENE, Ore. — Saturday, thousands of rubber ducks will race down the Willamette River, with winning prize numbers attached to them, for the Great Rotary Duck Race. On Thursday, nearly 100 volunteers helped put more than 64,000 numbers on the rubber ducks. At a tentative toal, with that many tickets sold at $5 each, the … Continue reading »

Out & About: Oct. 11th-Oct. 13th

It’s time for all those little duckies to float down the Willamette River. The annual Great Rotary Duck Race happens Saturday. Ticket sales are closed, but you can join in the fun at Alton Baker Park. The pancake breakfast is at 9 a.m., kids’ activities are at 10 a.m., and the duck race starts at … Continue reading »

Inside Bridgeway House

EUGENE, Ore. – At some point in our lives, we’ve all been assured, “it’s going to be okay.” As much as we want to believe that person, it’s not always easy. Two local women were brought together by those words, but they were also brought together and will forever be linked by autism and the … Continue reading »

Duck Race Supports Relief Nursery

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — When high school graduates walk this year there will be some that have overcome tremendous challenges to get where they are, it will also be their second graduation. The graduates are also part of the Family Relief Nursery in Cottage Grove. It’s one of six nonprofits helping prevent child abuse and … Continue reading »

Man Buys $125 of Rotary Duck Tickets

EUGENE, Ore. — Convinced he would be forced to spend a big chunk of change to get his car running smooth again, a Sweet Home man found out mechanics couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Robert Johnson says a few weeks ago his car started acting funny, so he took it over to Kendall Auto … Continue reading »

Great Rotary Duck Race Ticket Drive

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 … Continue reading »

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