Thursday, June 16, 2011 —
Hundreds gathered at City Lake Park in Albemarle Saturday for the 3rd Annual GHA Rubber Duck Derby. At 1 p.m. on event day, 3,099 rubber ducks were dumped from buckets by GHA volunteers and staff members as those in attendance watched excitedly along the banks of City Lake.
Barry and Cathy Page of Norwood were the proud owners of the “Lucky Duck,” the first duck to cross the finish line, winning $3,000.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Miller won $1,000 as owners of the “Runner Up Duck.”
Other winners included the following: “Hungry Duck” owner Janis Vaughn took home a $100 Harris Teeter gift card courtesy of Harris Teeter of Albemarle; “Yummy Duck” owner Carolyn McLaurin enjoyed a $50 Dairy Queen gift card courtesy of the Dairy Queen at 1904 U.S. 52 in Albemarle; “Dining Duck” owners Jan and Sue Martin picked up a $50 gift certificate courtesy of Off the Square restaurant at 114 S. Second St., Albemarle; “Travel Duck” owner Meredith Clements won two tickets to the Biltmore Estate and Winery in Asheville, courtesy of The Biltmore Company; “Keep Me Movin’ Duck” owners Dr. and Mrs. Frank Green won a $50 Shell gas card courtesy of the Shell at 1973 E. Main St., Albemarle, and an oil change courtesy of East Albemarle Xpress Lube in Albemarle.
Prior to the rubber ducks taking the plunge into City Lake, those in attendance took advantage of lots of free family-friendly fun, including inflatables from All 4 Fun Inflatables of Albemarle, face painting, games and balloon art by Dr. Colin Moffett.
Representatives from Albemarle Police Depart-ment and Stanly Regional Medical Center were also on hand with activities for children.
Formerly known as Group Homes for the Autistic, GHA, Inc. began in Albemarle in 1978 through the dedicated efforts of a group of concerned parents of children with autism. The first residence became home to five children, ages 5-12.
Today, the local non-profit organization provides a host of services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including residential, vocational, community and in-home services.
GHA is a member agency of the United Way of Stanly County.
Visit thesnaponline.com to see video of the ducks being released.