Genesee Community College students in Rick Dudkowski ‘s Professional Sales and Advertising classes and the Business Forum Club have set their ducks afloat with one goal in mind; raising money for United Way. The students’ assignment was to create fundraisers and events to increase College contributions to the 2011 United Way campaign titled, "Live United." The Ducky Derby Fundraiser will be held on Thursday, March 10th at 12:30 PM, and students will be selling duck tickets until the day of the race.
All of the ticket purchasers will be assigned to a numbered rubber duck. The ducks will then be set free in the Olympic size pool at Genesee Community College in Batavia.With the help of a ‘current’ created by the College’s Swim Team, the first duck to make it to the end of the swimming pool wins. The prize will depend on what each person paid for his or her ticket. Students are selling the tickets in one-dollar increments from $1 to $5. Participants win a percent of all money raised based on how much they buy the ticket for. For example, if a $1 duck wins, the winner will receive 10 percent of the funds raised. If a $2 duck wins, the winner gets 20 percent, and so on, up to 50 percent for a $5 duck.
The students have set a goal of raising over $1,000, to beat or at least match the amount students raised last year for The United Way. Genesee’s United Way Ducky Derby is modeled after a similar race that was held a few years ago in the Tonawanda Creek as a fundraiser for youth activities at the old Royal Rink (now Falletti Ice Arena). This is the 3rd annual Ducky Derby race at GCC.
“We really hope to exceed our goal this year,” Kristyna Jaquin, Genesee student and a member of the Rubber Duck Promotion Team said. “Since this is the third year of this race we hope more people will support our efforts because they know they can have a chance at winning some money while helping other members of our Genesee community who will benefit from our donations.”
Ducks will be available for purchase at the Batavia campus in the Forum, up until the start of the race. For further information or to purchase a duck, please contact Rick Dudkowski, Business Faculty member, at 585-343-0055 x6390 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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