No one won a special $50,000 promotion, but a local man won the grand prize of $2,000 during the inaugural Quack For Habitat event held Saturday to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Highland County’s latest goal of raising enough money to build a new Habitat home in the Glenavy Hills Subdivision in Lynchburg.
The village of Lynchburg has already donated the land for the home.
It will take a estimated $50,000 to $60,000 to build the home.
Mark Faust of Hillsboro was the owner of the first rubber duck to reach the finish line near a bridge over Clear Creek on U.S. Route 62 near the north side of Hillsboro and won the $2,000 prize. Mary Yates of Oakwood, Va. claimed the second prize of $1,000 and Edgewood Manor in Greenfield owned the third duck that crossed the finish line and won $500.
“These, and the next seven ducks crossing the finish line, were entered into the Odds On Promotion (insurance policy provider) mobile app to determine if one of the 10 finishers would win the possible $50,000 prize. The 10 ducks that crossed the finish line first did not match up with the preselected number. Odds On Promotion is the same insurance policy provider that many golf tournaments use when promoting a ‘hole-in-one’ wins a new car,” said Chris Osborne, assistant to the director at Butler Springs Christian Camp & Retreat Center who help organize the Habitat event.
The day’s events had a great turnout and started with an out-and-back 5K beginning at Southern State Community College. The run/walk followed Hobart Drive to Careytown Road, then Evans Road, and finished back at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro.
“Several age groups were represented and although it wasn’t a timed race, the family friendly 5K aligned with the day’s theme by collecting numbered, miniature, rubber ducks and once the participants crossed the finish line, the winning ducks were collected and there were lots of great prizes from various generous donations throughout Highland County,” Osborne said.
After the 5K concluded, Habitat For Humanity conducted a 1K for the younger kids with the route being the track at Southern State. The youngest participant was 2 years old and the oldest was 8 years old.
At 10:30 a.m., Habitat For Humanity released 3,000 floating ducks into Clear Creek and after a two-hour travel time, the first three ducks crossed the finish line.
Throughout the morning and afternoon, Habitat for Humanity offered games, activities, and other opportunities for families to participate together.
“Habitat For Humanity is much closer to their goal to build a house in Lynchburg on a lot in Glenavy Hills thanks to this well-planned fundraising event,” Osborne said.
If you would like to get involved with or donate to this non-profit organization, call 937-403-1257 for more information.