The inaugural “Quack Out Hunger” fundraiser for the Marshall County Neighborhood Center was a success.

The Neighborhood Center conducted an adoption process for a couple of weeks in an attempt to adopt 2,500 rubber duckies.  Duck adoptions ranged from $5 for one duck up to $100 for 30 ducks.

The center adopted just over 2,000 ducks and about 8 p.m. Friday evening during the Mayor’s Month of Music volunteers dumped the ducks into the Yellow River off the historic walking bridge in River Park Square. 

A large net was stretched across the river at the kayak launch and the girls from the Neighborhood Center waded into the river with fishing nets to scoop up the first, second, and third place ducks who won a gift card for $250, $100 and $50. 

Executive Director of the Neighborhood Center, Chris Garner announced the winners during the concert in the park.  The winners were 1st place Sallie Crawford with duck #81, 2nd place was Janet Newburg with duck #1057 and the 3rd place winner was Tana Houin with duck #1845

With the adoption of just over 2000 ducks, the Neighborhood Center raised $6400 which will help the center with their food pantry.  At the end of June, they had already spent over 70% of their food budget.

Any donations for the food pantry, no matter how small, are always welcome.