Duck race raises $17,000

Annual Food Bank fundraiser proves as popular as ever

With the assistance of the City of Kimberley

With the assistance of the City of Kimberley

There are smiles on the faces of the hard-working volunteers at the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank, as once again the East Kootenay Realty Food Bank Duck Race proved itself to the year’s biggest fundraiser.

“The Duck Race was again a huge success and hit a new record of $17,000,” said organizer Marilyn Jolie. “The community as usual helped make this the best race ever purchasing tickets and attending the barbecue. Audrey Welk, a local realtor, even had one of her clients donate $100 to the race proceeds.”

The good news this year was that the ducks actually hit the water. The two previous years, Mark Creek had been running too fast for the ducks to be retrieved safely.

Jolie said all the ducks arrived en masse at the finish line, but a clear winner was caught.

“We got them all in the water and our guys at the finish line were so brave. Thanks to Darren Close, Michael and Harvey Jolie, Dave Clarke, and Devin Wilson who went into the water to retrieve the ducks.”

First Prize was $1500, donated by Jolie,  and it was won by Garrett Marshall.

Second Prize, $150 gift certificate from The Village Bistro, two nights accommodation Rocky Mountain Accommodation, and two rounds of golf compliments of Kimberley Golf Course was won by Ed Bannantyne.

Third Prize is $250 cash from Meadowbrook Green Houses, went to Maren Anderson.


Fourth Prize, two rounds of golf from Bootleg Gap Golf Course went to Sharon Perrault and Marissa Ashby.

“ Thanks to all our volunteers, Audrey Welk, and her East Kootenay Realty crew that manned  the barbecue, Jodi, Jacob, Tara, and Wayne,” Jolie said.

“Thank you to all the people that sold tickets for a sell out yet again, and this was headed by Cath Oscarson, a huge job, and well done.

“The Food Bank volunteers who work day in and day out working to help people in need,  as always were amazing, stepping in where needed headed by President Stan Salikin and Heather Smith who works tirelessly at the Food Bank.

“Don McCormick was our able Master of Ceremonies, and as always, was very entertaining, using equipment donated by Rays Music.”