TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Catholic Charities fundraiser resulted in a big check for one lucky duck.
During the Rubber Duck Regatta on July 4, 16,000 bright yellow rubber ducks were released from a dump truck provided by Misco Crane onto the lawn at Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute. The winning duck, captured by Dr. Janet Clark, volunteer and Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta committee member, belonged to Tracy Gaston of Naperville, Ill.
Although Tracy’s winning duck number did not match one of the numbers pre-selected for the $1,000,000 prize, her duck earned her a $10,000 prize! Organizers of the Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta are happy with the community’s support of the event.
“Because of the excessive rains leading up to this year’s Duck Regatta, we had to move the duck release onto the lawn at Fairbanks Park. We know how much the community enjoys seeing the ducks race on the river, however for the safety of our volunteers, we had to relocate the event,” John C. Eting, Agency Director for Catholic Charities said. “Despite the changes, we enjoyed seeing so many smiling faces there to watch the winning duck be chosen.”