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Plastic Ducks Raise Money for Turkeys

November 08, 2011

Category: Events, Staff

Duck Draw2011 marks the eighth year that Catawba College's Residence Life staff has used plastic ducks to raise money to buy Thanksgiving turkey dinners for needy local families.

A plastic duck might seem an unlikely starting point for a Thanksgiving dinner, but to date, Catawba's annual Thanksgiving Dinner "Duck Draw" has raised money to provide the holiday meal for more than 800 families.

"This is a project that the entire campus community looks forward to each year," notes Catawba College Assistant Dean of Students Sarah Rossini. "They get to have fun and have a chance at winning a prize, but the ultimate prize is that we get to help local families in need during the Thanksgiving holidays."

Since September, members of the Residence Life staff have been collecting $1 donations to sponsor each plastic duck that will be floated in a pool on campus in front of the Cannon Student Center at 12 p.m. on Monday, November 14. At that time, the organizers will draw a number of ducks randomly from the pool. Each duck that is plucked from the water will have a number displayed on its bottom that 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 haircuts to large pizzas, and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.

Proceeds from the Duck Draw, along with funds raised through other projects undertaken by the Residence Life staff, including baked potato luncheons, will underwrite the costs of providing the Thanksgiving meals. Working with faculty and staff, local school agencies and local churches, the Residence Life staff selects families that need assistance with Thanksgiving meal. Meals include a 10-12 pound turkey, rice, cranberry sauce, green beans, corn, stuffing mix, and a box of brownie mix.



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