The Whitefish High School Girls Soccer Team managed to fit time into their schedule for a community service project recently. They met at the Whitefish Community Foundation to wash, sort and audit the derby ducks to prepare for next summer’s annual Duck Derby. The girls gathered after school to complete this project and then had time for a quick team dinner before heading off to cheer on their high school football team. “It was amazing they found time to fit this into their very tight schedule,” said Linda Engh-Grady who has two girls on the team. “They squeezed the work in between two games against Columbia Falls and Bigfork and I know they were tired yet they did a great job and had fun giving back to the Whitefish community.”
Auditing the ducks involves sorting ducks by number and then ensuring that every one of the 4000 ducks that were used in this summer’s derby are accounted for. Any ducks that are missing must be replaced before the Foundation starts the duck adoptions next summer. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work,” and these 20 team members completed this task in just a couple of hours. The ducks are now stored in a safe, dry location while waiting their chance to compete in next summer’s races.
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The 2013 Duck Derby raised a total of $66,000. Some of that money was immediately granted to local nonprofit organizations through the “instant grants” and another $9,000 went to the organizations that helped to adopt out the ducks. Instant grants were awarded to several nonprofits in various derby races. North Valley Food Bank was awarded $1,000 for the Battle of the Big Duck Referral and Stumptown Art Studio was awarded $1,000 as winner of the nonprofit derby. North Valley Food Bank also took home an additional $1,000 for first place in the nonprofit referral race with Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic getting $500 for second place and Glacier Symphony and Chorale $250 for third place.
The remaining funds were deposited into the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Grants Fund. This money as well as funds raised through general donations, the Summer Art Social and interest from the Foundation’s endowment fund will be used for this year’s Community Grants Program. Last year, the Community Grants Fund awarded over $151,000 in grants to local organizations.
Please join us for the Grant Awards Presentation and see what we can do this year. This should be an exciting event and all are welcome to attend. Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 7th at the O’Shaughnessy Center at 7 PM.