Cottonwood Inc., a local not-for-profit group that provides services for developmentally delayed and mentally retarded adults in Douglas and Jefferson counties, raised between $10,000 to $15,000 with its recent duck race.
A news release from Cottonwood said that "net profit from the race is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000." Originally, Carolyn Church, Cottonwood's director of community relations and development, hoped the group would raise $60,000 from the event.
But that goal was contingent upon the adoption of 20,000 ducks. In the race, ducks were adopted for a $5 donation and "raced" down the Kansas River to win prizes for their adoptors. The race, which was Saturday, featured about 7,300 adopted ducks, Church said this morning.
Asked if she was happy with the fund-raiser, Church said, "We had hoped to have 20,000 ducks adopted, and obviously we didn't meet that goal."
But Church isn't ruling out a duck race in Cottonwood's future.
Church said the Cottonwood board will decide later if it wants to use the duck race as a fund-raiser again.
"We're not making that decision today," she said.
Cottonwood rented the rubber ducks for 45 cents each from the Great American Duck Race Co., which is based in Phoenix.
All prizes for the race, including a 1992 Toyota Tercel, were donated, Church said.