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Animals and people win at humane society duck race
by Tribune Staff
Aug 31, 2010 | 1059 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Nathan Orme - Thousands of rubber ducks floated down the Truckee River on Sunday in a Nevada Humane Society fundraiser.
Tribune/Nathan Orme - Thousands of rubber ducks floated down the Truckee River on Sunday in a Nevada Humane Society fundraiser.
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RENO — In its first year as the beneficiary of the local Truckee River duck race, the Nevada Humane Society adopted out all 10,000 little yellow quackers to raise funds for its animal shelter.

NHS spokeswoman Diane Blankenberg said the event, which has been in Reno before with different beneficiaries, grossed about $55,000. For $5, individuals were eligible to win prizes if their duck was among the first to float down a section of the Truckee River.

All the ducks started in a dump truck and after “ready, set, go!” they were dumped down a ramp and into the water. The ducks were carried down a rapid and under the bridge at Arlington Avenue and toward a makeshift finish line, where they had to float into a small hole in a gate.

The winners of the race were:

• Terry Shackelford — Grand Prize, a 1989 British Racing Green Jaguar

• Misha Baynes — second place, a Disney World Getaway

• Melanie Vukelich — third place, a sports and recreation sampler

• John Robinson — fourth place, a dine-around Reno restaurant sampler

• Stacey Berger — fifth place, a Las Vegas adventure

• Justin Sessions — sixth place, a Petapalooza pampered pet package

• Melissa Townsend — seventh place, a home entertainment center

• Rasalyn Zimmerman — eighth place, a home entertainment center

• Scott Pearson — ninth place, an It’s Just Duckie package

• Deborah Achtenberg — raffle prize winner, a 42-inch HD flat-screen TV
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