2012 Duck Race: Nursery Success Story

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Cottage Grove High School junior Oscar Rauda is a star on his football team, running in touchdowns and making the big plays. “Football’s my favorite,” said Rauda. “[I play] running back and slot receiver. On the defense, I play outside linebacker.” Flash back more than 10 years ago, though, and Oscar’s … Continue reading »

2012 Duck Race: Family Relief Nursery

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Inside the playroom at the Family Relief Nursery, the toys are all smiles. The room is bright, colorful and happy. It’s a stark contrast to the backstory of the children who come through here; there are more of them than ever and their stories are getting darker. “We assess 43 risk … Continue reading »

What You Need to Know about the Duck Race

EUGENE, Ore. — The first Great Rotary Duck Race was held back in 1988 and it’s grown exponentially since. As the name implies, it’s organized by local Rotarians. About 600 of them have a hand in the event in some way, either by selling tickets or getting intricately involved in race planning. One of the … Continue reading »

Great Rotary Duck “Navy” Nets for Leftover Ducks

EUGENE, Ore. — It takes hundred of donors and volunteers to make the Great Rotary Duck Race happen and, of course, to clean it all up. Those volunteers that net for leftover, nestled ducks call themselves the “Great Rotary Duck Navy.”

Great Rotary Duck Race: The Sights & Sounds of Race Day

EUGENE, Ore. — More than 64,600 ducks raced down the Willamette River Saturday as part of the Great Rotary Duck Race Presented by First Tech Credit Union. As much fun as it is to watch the sea of yellow stretch down the river, hundreds of people showed up to check out the festival in Alton … Continue reading »

Local Foundation Helps Rural Lane County Families

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. — There are plenty of resources for parents in need in Eugene and Springfield, but what about in some of the rural areas that really need help? That’s where the Great Rotary Duck Race presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union comes in. Pleasant Hill is a town with about 6,000 residents … Continue reading »

Great Rotary Duck Race Will Help Rural Families

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Most of the nonprofits involved in the Great Rotary Duck Race presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union are based in Eugene or Springfield. But the Patrick McCurdy Education Foundation reaches out to rural areas to help families facing issues that can lead to abuse or neglect. Right now, it serves … Continue reading »

Center for Community Counseling Reaches Out to Families in Need

EUGENE, Ore. — The Great Rotary Duck Race presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union is all about helping people in need. The families who come to the Center for Community Counseling (CCC) couldn’t be more in need. They need mental health counseling, but don’t have insurance. That often leaves them with nowhere to turn … Continue reading »

Birth to Three Helps Parents Grow

EUGENE, Ore. — “He likes to read, for me to read to him,” said Ashley Collins, Wyatt’s mom. Little Wyatt also really likes to run, and run, and run. “He’s very outgoing, very outgoing, once you hang around him for a few minutes,” Collins said. Collins had Wyatt when she was 19. Until then, she … Continue reading »

Birth to Three Will Benefit from Great Rotary Duck Race

EUGENE, Ore. — KEZI 9 News is trying to set a record for most tickets sold for the Great Rotary Duck Race presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union.¬†One of the agencies ticket purchases helps is Birth to Three. The nonprofit will use the money from the duck race to help 90 more families through … Continue reading »

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