25th Annual Ducky Derby

After diving into the pile, Dana Evans holds up the first randomly drawn rubber ducky at the 25th Annual Ducky Derby at Walla Walla Community College, Saturday, May 14, 2022. The Exchange Club of Walla Walla organizes this event, to raise money for education and resources to help prevent and end child abuse in the Walla Walla Valley.

The last few years have thrown a number of obstacles at the Walla Walla Exchange Club and its annual Ducky Derby fundraiser, but one has stayed the same — there are winners to announce!

The pandemic wrecked havoc in 2020 and 2021, with COVID-19 rules meaning the club had to run the event virtually. This year, it was too much water in Mill Creek. Organizers decided, because of heavy rainfall, to cancel the Family Fun Festival portion of the event and, for the safety of volunteers, the traditional rubber ducky race in the creek.

Instead, they dumped approximately 20,000 numbered ducks on the ground at Walla Walla Community College and then had volunteers dive into the mountain of yellow rubber quackers and randomly select 19 winners (the ducks are numbered and paid for by donations like a raffle).

The winners of this year’s Ducky Derby, as posted on the Exchange Club’s Facebook site, are as follows:

  • Angie Fleenor — Falkenberg’s Jewelers, men’s Columbia brand watch & Livit Coffee Co. package
  • Nelson Irrigation — Courtyard by Marriott Walla Walla, one night hotel stay
  • Heather McClean — The Marc restaurant, chef’s table experience
  • H+H Sports — Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, luxury tower suite & dining credit
  • Susannah Johnson — Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days ultimate rodeo package
  • Lisa Neissel — Wenzel Nursery gift card
  • Nelson Irrigation — Hot Poop Stereo & Video Store credit
  • Bob Radke — Community Bank, Yeti prize pack
  • Keith & Rhonda Olson — Black Tie Tours, four-hour limo tour
  • Nelson Irrigation — Walla Walla YMCA, one-year adult membership
  • Kimberly Grammer — PostalAnnex+ $1,000 shipping credit
  • Carrie Johnson — Taste of Walla Walla experience, courtesy of Columbia REA
  • Dan Danielson — PFI MART gas card
  • Rose Elmore — Total Office Concepts Inc., X Chair XL office chair
  • Ginaya Drake — Cruise to British Columbia, courtesy of World Wide Travel & WW Exchange Club Foundation
  • Alredo Avalos — Grand prize: $10,000 cash, courtesy of Walla Walla Valley Honda & WW Exchange Club Foundation

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