Statement issued by SCAN:
Thanks to the generous response from community members who looked for SCAN Inc.’s nearly 2,000 “escaped” plastic ducks, 1556 duckies have been returned to SCAN by “duck hunters,” with nearly 300 more collected by staff members.
In June, due to strong currents and high river levels, duckies floated over the finish-line capture net at SCAN’s annual Duck Race fundraiser.
Winners of the Duck Hunt contest are Amy and Tim Munhollen of Fort Wayne, who found 512 ducks on the Maumee River. The Munhollens and their friends Cathy and Greg Emmons canoed from Johnny Appleseed Park to River Haven.
The Munhollens won a $100 paid Visa card, donated by Source One Solutions.
“We are so appreciative of the great response and involvement of people in the community who canoed, kayaked or boated on the rivers, looking for ducks,” said Rachel Tobin-Smith, SCAN executive director.
Since each duck costs about 25 cents, SCAN repeatedly uses the ducks in its largest fundraiser. With recent major funding cuts from the state to agencies providing services to families and children, “Every dollar in purchases we can save is important so donations can be used toward programs and services to prevent abuse and neglect of children,” Tobin-Smith said. “As others in the community are doing their part to keep our rivers clean and uncluttered, we are doing our part and will have additional ways at next year’s Duck Race to ensure ducks remain in the net.”
Any additional ducks found can be returned to SCAN offices at 500 W. Main St.