BELPRE - Officials in Belpre hoping to raise a few thousand dollars for the Belpre Homecoming kicked off a fundraiser Wednesday at the Belpre Savings Bank.
Members of the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, Belpre Savings Bank and local officials gathered at the Belpre Savings Bank on Washington Boulevard to kick off the Duck Pluck Cash Drawing fundraiser. Kathy Lott-Gramkow, homecoming chairperson, said officials were borrowing the idea - and the ducks - from Parkersburg officials.
"It's our trial run," she said. "Don't know how well it will work. We are optimistic."
Photo by Jody Murphy
Local officials kick off the Duck Pluck fundraiser Wednesday morning at the Belpre Savings Bank. Officials are hoping the fundraising effort will generate about $10,000 for Belpre Homecoming. From left, Kathy Lott-Gramkow, Karen Waller, Shannon Beacham, Randy Shingleton, Joyce Lorentz, David Sams, Miriam Keith, Mike Lorentz, Mike Barker, Mike Eddy, Jon Neff, Teresa Turner, Kelly Cox and Alisha Carmicheal stand in front of the sign and inflated duck along Washington Boulevard.
Officials are starting out with 2,000 ducks. They sell for $5 each or five for $20. The numbered ducks will float in the municipal swimming pool before being plucked Aug. 3.
"I'm anxious to see 2,000 ducks floating in the pool," Gramkow said.
Cash prizes - totaling close to a $1,000 - will be awarded for the first five ducks plucked, with a first-place prize of $500. The event is sponsored exclusively by Belpre Savings Bank, which is putting up prize money. Gramkow said because of the bank's generosity, anything made on the fundraiser goes to the operation of homecoming.
Karen Waller, executive director of the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce, said events like Homecoming rely heavily on such fundraisers to maintain free events.
"There is no revenue stream," she said. "You rely on fundraising."
Winners need not be present at drawing to win, and all tickets must be purchased by persons age 18 or over.
Tickets will be available at Belpre Kroger, Belpre Savings Bank, Belpre Municipal Building, Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce office, Bob's Market, Belpre Senior Center and The Churn, or by calling (740) 423-8934. Outlets will be marked by distinctive "Yellow Duck" signs.
Joyce Lorentz, Belpre's Citizen of the Year and wife of Mayor Mike Lorentz, purchased the first ducks Wednesday morning.
Mayor Mike Lorentz said the event should be a lot of fun and popular with residents and businesses.
"Anytime you inject humor and fun into something I think people will go for it."
Belpre's Homecoming will be Aug. 1-3 at Civitan Park.