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Before a small gathering of faculty, staff and students, over 1,000 brightly colored plastic ducks were set afloat shortly before noon Monday in the fountain outside of the Cannon Student Center on campus. Then at noon, over 150 ducks were drawn. Each duck that was plucked from the water displayed on its bottom a number which corresponded to a $1 ticket purchased by a member of the college community. These numbers also corresponded to donated prizes from area merchants, ranging from hair cuts to large pizzas.
This is the third year in a row that Catawba's Residence Life Staff has sponsored the fundraiser. Proceeds from the Duck Draw, along with funds raised by selling cookies and cotton candy at Catawba home football games, netted the monies to underwrite the costs of providing the Thanksgiving meals.
In 2005, 90 needy area families were able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. According to Dan Sullivan, Catawba's dean of students, 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.