Genesee Students Race Ducks and Raise Money for United Way

Genesee Community College students in the Business Forum Club set their ducks afloat with one goal in mind; to raise funds for United Way. The second annual United Way Ducky Derby was held Thursday, March 11 at 12:30pm in the College’s Olympic-sized pool. The students surpassed their goal of raising more funds than last year, selling 466 ducks for a grand total of $1,065 in ducky donations. Last year, the Ducky Derby earned $862.

Students raised the funds by selling numbered rubber ducks. The ducks then were set free in the pool at the Batavia Campus. With the help of a ‘current’ created by members of the College’s Swim Team, the first duck that made it to the end of the pool won the race to the hooting, hollering and cheers of a captive fan base of staff, students and faculty. The winner of this year’s race was a duck purchased by Robert Knipe, dean of Learning Technologies at the College. His winnings totaled over $500, but he graciously donated all the money back to the students’ United Way Genesee Community College Campaign. The overall GCC United Way Goal is $17,000, and the College’s campaign runs through mid-April.

Volunteer Genesee students in the Business Forum Club include Jeweliet Blair, Alyssa DelPlato, Dave Farabella, Amanda Hoffmeister, Adam Hoopengardner, Ben Kibler, Jamal Murphy, Travis Newberry, and John Sciarratta.

The Business Forum students would like to thank the entire College community for its support, and specific recognition to the following people for their donations and helping to make the second annual Duck Derby a significant success: Roger Loos from Batavia’s Falleti Ice Rink (for loaning the rubber ducks), Pauly’s Pizza, Darien Lake, Tops Markets, Bio Kleen, Alex’s Place, Mike Kroll (GCC swim coach), Leslie Flannery, Doug Nagowski, Claire Vanderberg, GCC swimmers, Donna Rae Sutherland and Mike Perry, GCC staff, GCC bookstore, GCC cafeteria, GCC Student Activities, and GCC Cougar mascot everyone who purchased a duck.

For further information please contact Rick Dudkowski, Business Faculty member, at 585-343-0055 x6390 or at

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Editors Note:
For a fun photo of Genesee students in the Business Forum Club along with Ducky Derby Winner Bob Knipe and United Way Director Lori Stupp, please visit:

Pictured: First Row- Jamal Murphy, David Farabella, Amanda Hoffmeister, Alyssa DelPlato, and Lori Stupp. Second Row- Jeweliet Blair, John Sciarratta, Rick Dudkowski, Bob Knipe, Travis Newberry and Adam Hoopengardner.