The Rotary Club of Laramie is busy preparing for the 14th annual Big Laramie Duck Race that will take place on Saturday, June 30th.

The annual race is a fundraiser that helps support some of the club’s many initiatives, including programs for the Cathedral Home for Children and support for the Laramie Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Other organizations in Laramie can also raise money for their cause by selling tickets for the event. The organizations keep 50 percent of the proceeds from the sold tickets.

The Rotary Club discussed the plan for this year’s race and all the work that needs to be done during their weekly meeting on Thursday, from selling tickets, to preparing for the pancake breakfast, to sorting and counting the 2,500 available rubber ducks for the race.

There's still time for interested Laramie residents to purchase tickets. Tickets can be purchased from any Rotary Club member for $10 a duck, or 3 ducks for $25. Those who enter have a chance to win any of the 30 prizes that are available. The top 3 prizes are $2,500 provided by Premier Bone and Joint, $1,000 from Toyota of Laramie and $500 from Quality Inn & Suites. For tickets or more information, contact Rotarian Becky Maddox at (307) 760-6379.

The duck race will kick off at 9 a.m. in Optimist Park, with a free pancake breakfast, live music and a community social hour. The race will begin at 10 a.m. and the winners will be announced after the last duck has crossed the finish line.

The Rotary Club of Laramie is part of an international service organization that aims to bring business and professional leaders together to encourage high ethical standards, provide humanitarian services and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

Club Director Steven Morgan the non-political and non-sectarian organization is open to all people interested in improving the world.

The club has 34,282 chapters around the world and has 1.2 million members worldwide. Notably, Rotary spearheaded an effort to eliminate Polio when it launched its PolioPlus program in 1985. Rotary also was heavily involved in the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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