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For the Fifth Year at Catawba College, It's a Case of Ducks for Turkeys

November 04, 2008

Category: Events

Duck DrawFor five years, Catawba College's Residence Life staff has used ducks to raise money to buy turkeys – actually, turkey dinners to feed needy local families on Thanksgiving. Catawba's Duck Draw Community Service Fundraiser has raised money to feed close to 400 families over the past four years and this year, the goal is to provide at least 120 families with a Thanksgiving meal, surpassing the 500 families fed mark.

The Residence Life staff has begun collecting $1 donations to sponsor each plastic duck that will be floated in the Stanback Plaza fountain on campus shortly before noon on Monday, November 17. At that time, the organizers will draw a number of ducks randomly from the fountain. Each duck that is plucked from the water will have a number displayed on its bottom which corresponds to the number on a $1 ticket purchased by a member of either the college community or the community at large. These numbers also correspond to donated prizes from area merchants, ranging from hair cuts to large pizzas, and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.
Proceeds from the Duck Draw, along with funds raised by selling peanuts, pretzels and cotton candy at Catawba home football games and hosting two Baked Potato Luncheons, underwrite the costs of providing the Thanksgiving meals. The Residence Life staff works with several county organizations to select families with the greatest need for a Thanksgiving meal. Meals include a turkey, dressing, a turkey pan, vegetables, bread, rice, and a dessert.


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