SIDNEY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County held their annual Daffy Duck Derby and 5K on Thursday, June 23 at Tawawa Park in Sidney.
This year 3092 rubber ducks were “adopted” by community members and local corporate sponsors to race in the nearby Mosquito Creek. The event sponsors included Holloway, Trupointe, 105.5 TAM FM, Low Voltage Solutions, Dave Russell, CPA, J & J Enterprises, Sidney Body CarStar, Emerson Technologies, C.R.E. Liable Home Services, KTH Parts Industries, Inc., Reliable Business Solutions, Inc., Sidney Marathon and Brooklyn St. Marathon, McCrate, Delate, & Co., Edison Community College, Versailles Savings & Loan, Sidney Kiwanis, Financial Achievement Services, Sidney Tire/Best One, SRL Insurance Agency, Hemmelgarn Services, and Ernst Sporting Goods. Big Brothers Big Sisters would also like to send a big thank you to Larry and Susan McLaughlin, Meyer’s Drive-Thru, Dannon, Freshway, the City of Sidney, Sidney Foodtown, Advance America, and National Cash Advance for donating their time and/or food or water for the race.
This year Big Brothers Big Sisters added a business “Decorate a Duck” contest to promote where ducks could be purchased. There were seven participants who gave photos of their decorated duck to post on Facebook where they competed to get the most “likes.” Those businesses included: Sidney Body Carstar, Midmark Corporation, Greenville Federal Savings & Loan in Greenville, Financial Achievement Services, Edison Community College both Piqua & Greenville branches, and The Early Bird in Greenville. The winner was Edison Community College, Piqua Branch with their “Prince” duck.
Overall 13 prizes were awarded for the Duck Derby. The grand prize winner of $1000 was Zak Hurley of New Bremen.
Other prize winners included Charity Dawson, of Kentucky, who won Two 3-Day Passes to Country Concert compliments of Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru and One Free Pizza compliments of Key Hole Pizza. Greg Cook, of Sidney, took home the two Single Day Park Passes compliments of Kings Island and 2 or 4 Cincinnati Reds tickets courtesy of Cincinnati Reds. Shannie Denney, of Greenville, won the Cleveland Fun Package including 4 Tickets to the Cleveland Zoo, 2 Tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a $25 Marriott gift card. Carol Mikesell, of Greenville, won the Anniversary Package which included a Weilands $50 gift certificate, Helen’s Flowers $25 Gift Certificate, and The Inn of Versailles $60 Gift Card. Ann Ziegler, of Sidney, won the Clean Teeth Package compliments of Gordon Orthodontics. Sarah Dirksen, of Greenville, took home a Date Night Gift Card Assortment courtesy of Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, Peggy Schultz, of Sidney, was the lucky winner of the Ultimate Goody Basket compliments of Brethren Retirement Community. Tami Shrock, of Versailles, will enjoy the All Around
Darke County Package including Kitchen Aid Gift Bundle, Fairlawn Steak House $25 Gift Certificate, 2 certificates for Beechwood Golf Course for 18 holes of golf and golf carts, 2 Gold Wash Splash & Dash Gift Certificates courtesy of SRL Insurance Agency, $50 of gas from Troutwine, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Winner’s Meat Farm. Pam Cox, of Sidney, won the Dining Package including Gift Certificates for the Caroline, Al’s Pizza, and Cassano’s Pizza. Karen Green, of Sidney, was the lucky winner of a Movie Night Package courtesy of Brookdale. Grace Dershum, of Sidney, took home Car Wash Supplies compliments of Auto Zone in Sidney and a $20 Wal-Mart Gift Card, and Amy McLune won the Bird Watchers Package which included two bird feeders courtesy of Greenville Ace Hardware, binoculars, and a $20 gift card to Rural King.
The tenth Annual 5K run/walk had over 250 registered participants this year. Overall results can be found at www.goodtimesracing.com.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer adult role models. These volunteers who are screened thoroughly by agency staff meet with children at least two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role-modeling. The concept of services by Big Brothers Big Sisters is to get community members to open up their lives to a young child within their own community. It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.
Community members who feel they don’t want to make a commitment of volunteering can help the agency in other ways. The agency is always looking for cost saving ideas for activities that our volunteers can do with their matched Littles. In the past years, companies and individuals have donated tickets to local events, sporting events, or hosted a special outing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. For more information on how you can become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life contact the local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or log onto our website at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.