Record Number of Ducks Race for Leadership Tomorrow


Thousands of plastic ducks took to the waters at Grand Island's Island Oasis on Saturday, but only one was worth $5,000.

People pay $5 for a numbered duck, then they're tossed in the Lazy River at the waterpark to race. It's the largest fundraiser for Leadership Tomorrow, a skill development program that works with promising Hall County men, women and youth.

“They have the skills and we can help build on that, and then we can also encourage more leaders to step up,” says Leadership Tomorrow Executive Director Brenda Branstiter. “We need young leaders, we need leaders to continually develop and help our community.”

Leadership Tomorrow alumni sold a record amount of ducks this year: 6,838 to be exact.

It's the 12th year for the Roy's Grand/Leadership Tomorrow Duck Derby, but the program has been around for nearly 30.

“Today we've graduated over 800 graduates in the adult program and over 500 in the youth program,” says Branstiter. “The adults go through a nine month session, and we have a class, Class 29, that is actually starting September 11th.”

The first 19 ducks to finish earn their adopter's prizes, with the top being $5,000 cash.

Branstiter says they use the Duck Derby dollars to keep tuition costs down.

Here's a list of the 2014 winners:

Magi Simonson won the Grand Prize of $5,000 cash sponsored by CNH Industrial.
2nd Prize, $1,500 Cash prize donated by Allen Capital Group & Family Eye Care Center: Scherry Hermansen
3rd Prize, $1,000 Cash donated by Sonic: Jill Fargo
4th Prize, $500 Cash donated by Doane College: Sue Kuszak
5th Prize, $500 Cash donated by General Collection: Annette Schimmer
6th Prize, Bellagio Patio Heater donated by Lumbermen's: Kevin Cunningham
7th Prize, Professional Teeth Whitening donated by Island View Dental: Scherry Hermansen
8th Prize, 1 Year Unlimited Wash Car Care donated by Kermit's Super Wash: Phil Hranac
9th Prize, 1 Year Unlimited Car Wash & Vacuum Package donated by Mr. G's Car Wash: Tom VanWinkle
10th Prize: $300 Toward bike of your Choice donated by Wayne Cyclery: Mo Madilik
11th Prize: 3 Credit Hours Tuition donated by Central Community College: Sharlene Miner
12th Prize $250 Hy-Vee Gift Card donated by Hy-Vee: Desiree Kunze
13th Prize: $250 Shopping Spree donated by Conestoga Mall: Penny Muirehead
14th Prize: $250 BWW Gift Card donated by Buffalo Wild Wings: Kaylene Hoeser
15th Prize: $250 Salon Package donated by Rejuvenation Salon: Jim Hinman
16th Prize: $250 Salon Package donated by Rejuvenation Salon: Jason Pearson
17th: Prize: $250 Skagway Gift Card donated by Skagway: Will Armstrong
18th Prize: $250 Visa card donated by Paul Hoos, Shelter Insurance: Kenneth Meyer
19th Prize: $250 Gift Certificate donated by Wave Pizza: Marsha Bartlett