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Duckies down the Yampa

Fundraiser benefits those in need of eyeglasses

Joshua Roberts

More than 300 rubber duckies will sail down the Yampa River this weekend, one cruising toward a $1,000 prize, in support of a worthy community cause.

The Craig Noon Lions Club First Annual Rubber Duckie Race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The ducks are each designed in Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines garb, following a patriotic theme.

“It’s a worthy cause and the money stays in the community, which is nice,” said Tammie Thompson-Booker, president of the Craig Noon Lions Club.

“: We’re trying to help as many people as possible. Whatever we can do to help people.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the Lions Eye Glass Fund, which helps provide eyeglasses to local residents of all ages in need.

“Our big thing is eyeglasses,” she said, adding that this week the club will conduct vision screenings for local elementary school children.

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Vision programs became a priority for all Lions Club chapters in 1925 after Helen Keller, a deaf and blind American author, activist and lecturer, challenged the Club to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

The challenge spurred the Lions Club to later be “recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired,” according to the group’s Web site,

The ducks will be launched at a point on the river still to be determined, and float a couple of miles to Loudy-Simpson Park. The owner of the duck finishing first will receive $1,000, second $500 and third $250.

The club has sold about 300 ducks for the race, leaving about 200 left to reach its goal of 500. Ducks cost $10 each.

Anyone interested in purchasing a duck should call 824-5814, or Tammie Thompson-Booker at 824-5259.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or

If you go

What: Craig Noon Lions Club First Annual Rubber Duckie Race

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: down the Yampa River, finish line at Loudy-Simpson Park

Prize money: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third

• Proceeds benefit Craig Lions Eye Glass Fund. Duckies are still available and cost $10. For more information, or to purchase a duck, call 824-5814, or Tammie Thompson-Booker at 824-5259.