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Youths give praise to Ducky Derby

Aspen Times Staff Report

This year’s Ducky Derby kicked off Thursday with first-hand accounts of how past derbies have helped the youth of Roaring Fork Valley.

Since the annual fund-raiser debuted in 1992, $810,000 has been donated to more than 65 youth-oriented groups. And to start the 2000 derby season off, representatives of 15 of those groups told organizers what a difference derby proceeds have made in the past during a gathering at Aspen Meadows.

In the past, derby funds have gone to such diverse causes as: new soccer uniforms and the creation of a cross-country program at the Carbondale Youth Activities Center; keeping the Aspen School for the Deaf financially solvent; allowing Aspen Speedos to hire an assistant coach; sending members of Green Acres/4-H Club on an annual retreat; helping the Glenwood Springs High School Band buy uniforms and enter state competitions; and sponsoring members of St. Mary’s Youth Group who traveled to Rome.

Last year, 30,000 ducks were “adopted” at $5 apiece and $135,000 was raised. Some $100,000 went to youth organizations and $20,000 in scholarships were given to students at Basalt and Aspen High schools.

This year’s theme is “Putting Our Kids Up Front” and ducks go up for adoption on July 4. The derby itself – featuring plastic duckies racing down the Roaring Fork River and bringing prizes to buyers of the winning ducks – will be held on Aug. 12. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rio Grande Park.


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