Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County held their 11th Annual Duck Derby and Duck-N-Run 5K at Tawawa Park in Sidney on Thursday, June 22.
This year’s Duck Derby had 2,493 ducks “adopted” by community members and local corporate sponsors and raced in nearby Mosquito Creek. Thirteen fabulous prizes were awarded for the Duck Derby with the $1,000 Grand Prize going to Emerson Climate Technologies. Emerson Climate Technologies has generously donated their prize back to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Other prize winners included Vera Heitkamp, Birdie Gambrel, Eileen Litchfield, Keith & Peggy Foutz, Scott Swartz, Matthew Schutte, William & Darlene McClain, Beth Barker, Gregory & Delores Cook, Gloria Miller, and Jeff Schlater. This year’s prizes were donated by Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, Key Hole Pizza, Kings Island, Cincinnati Reds, Wieland Jewelers, Helen’s Flowers, The Inn at Versailles, Hansbarger Home Solutions, Gordon Orthodontics, Braund Pope & Oliver-Floyd Funeral Homes, Fairlawn Steak House, The Whistle Stop, Best Bite Grill, Brenda’s Beanery, Double M Diner, Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo, Greenville Ace Hardware, Rural King, Rapid Fired Pizza, Alvetro Orthodontics, Wal-Mart, Newport Aquarium, Dayton Dragons, Carty’s Bike Shop, and Cassano’s.
The Duck-N-Run 5K run/walk had 85 male and 139 female registered participants. Actual results can be found at www.goodtimesracing.com. Plaques were awarded to the top three male and three female runners overall. Plaque recipients included first place Adam Klipstine and Lindsay Headings, second place Lucas Smith and Mariana Kellner, and third place Fred Schmiedebusch and Crystal Barton. Male and female age division winners included Dalton Davis and Olivia Murphy ages 10 and under, Hayden Schmidt and Hope Bixler ages 11-14, Chance Klipstine and Maria Schmiesing ages 15-19, Luke Leffel and Bridget Hoehne ages 20-24, Cameron Eisenhardt and Molly Stockstill ages 25-29, Zak Hurley and Jill Hanke ages 30-34, Dallas Davis and Tonya Fulmer ages 35-39, Matt Ambos and Molly Bornhorst ages 40-44, Dean Wintrow and Amy Kentner ages 45-49, Robert Boller and Michele Stoltz ages 50-54, Terry Campbell and Kathy March ages 55-59, Richard Barton and Mary Siegrist ages 60-64, Randy Bashore and Barbara Herzog ages 65-69, Paul Albers ages 70-74, and Gene Black ages 75-79. Prior to the event, Brenda Barhorst of Fort Loramie, was awarded a $50 Gift Card for being one of the first 200 people to pre-register for the 5K. Congratulations to all of the winners.
This year’s major sponsors included 105.5 TAM FM, The Early Bird Newspaper Bluebag Media, Edward Jones–Andria Haworth Financial Advisor, Eikenberry Retirement Planning, Emerson Climate Technologies, Ferguson Construction, J & J Enterprises, Koenig Equipment, Shelby County FOP Lodge #138, Sidney Body Carstar, and Wayne Healthcare. For a complete listing of business sponsorships, please go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer adult role models. These volunteers are screened thoroughly and meet with children at least two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role-modeling. The concept of services by Big Brothers Big Sisters is to get community members to open up their lives to a young child within their own community. It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.
Community members who feel they don’t want to make a commitment of volunteering can help the agency in other ways. The agency is always looking for cost-saving ideas for activities that our volunteers can do with their matched Littles. In the past, companies and individuals have donated tickets to local events, sporting events, or hosted a special outing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life, contact the local agency at 937-492-7611 or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.