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Humane Society’s Duck Derby fundraiser set for Saturday

October 11, 2018

One of the Western Arizona Humane Society’s biggest annual fundraisers will arrive Saturday, and flocks of Lake Havasu City residents are expected to arrive beneath the London Bridge for the event.

The 27th Annual Duck Derby is the Humane Society’s second-largest annual fundraiser, and last year earned more than $31,000 toward the organization’s operating costs. As the Humane Society prepares for a move next year to the organization’s new shelter on Sweetwater Avenue, proceeds from this year’s duck derby will help support ongoing efforts to keep Havasu’s stray animals cool, comfortable and healthy at the Humane Society’s Empire Drive facility.

Duck Derby donors purchase rubber ducks for the event at $5 per duck, each identified with a number. On Saturday those ducks will be placed in several barrels and poured into Bridgewater Channel beneath the London Bridge, where they will float a distance of about 30 feet. The owner of whichever duck wins the derby will receive a $1,000 top prize, with second- and third prizes of $250 and $100.

“It’s our second-largest money maker after our Top Hats and Tails event,” said Humane Society Executive Director Patty Gillmore. “The races are just crazy. People love to be under the bridge, watching the ducks float by.”

Tickets for the duck derby are available for purchase at the Western Arizona Humane Society throughout this week, and tickets will be available at the event this Saturday. According to Gillmore, hundreds of donors and spectators are expected to attend the event.

“I’m really enthusiastic about the Duck Derby,” Gillmore said. “I love it, and events like this make me proud to be the executive director of this organization.”

The Western Arizona Humane Society Duck Derby will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday beneath the London Bridge. For more information about the event, contact the Humane Society at 928-855-5083.

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