Monday, August 04, 2008

Win dinner for two--anywhere in the world

Our friend Gina has the best promotion I've ever heard of. Adopt a rubber duck, they will race the ducks and the first 40 ducks win a prize. Grand prize is dinner for 2 anywhere in the world. Seriously. They have an arrangement with a travel agent. Previous winners have gone to New Zealand and India.

All proceeds benefit the Allens Pond Sanctuary run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. So you support a great environmental cause even as you get to dream about dinner.

The race is THIS Saturday, so enter soon!

Here's the information on how to enter the race:

Hello friends and family,

I'm appealing to you to help us (me!) out here at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary… and take a chance at a great prize in the process!

Those of you who know me well know that I make my livelihood directing activities at this green & sandy spot on earth. It’s grown a bit since I started and now it’s about more than my meager efforts. One of the ways we fund our ecological management and education outreach is through the Allens Pond Duck Derby: a race of rubber ducks that provides the “owner” of the winning duck with a trip of a lifetime: ANYWHERE in the WORLD including airfare, two nights’ stay, and dinner – for TWO!

Last year our fun little event gave 1000 people a lot of excitement and one couple a trip to NEW ZEALAND. We had 3700 ducks in the race. With this year’s race coming up on SATURDAY we only have just over 2000 ducks so far, entered by only 600 people! One of them is going to win the Grand Prize and another 39 will win other great prizes. With odds this great don’t you want to get in on it?!

I’m asking you to help me out by spreading the word about this in the hopes that we can EXCEED last year’s volume of ducks and raise an equally vital sum of money ($30,000 last year) for the Sanctuary. Because higher costs of living affects us too, our budget depends on a successful race!

It's REALLY EASY to adopt: just go on line to our site, then follow the links: PLEASE pass the word to your friends, family, colleagues, etc. The more ducks in the race, the better we can manage these beautiful 1000 acres and the wildlife that use them.

You can pay either via credit card ON-LINE or (if you're local) you can download the printable form and DROP it OFF at designated spots in Dartmouth by 1pm Friday, and anytime at the Sanctuary up til 12:30pm on Saturday, Aug 9. It's too late to mail it at this point.

Not only is this our big fund raiser, it’s also a fun event for the whole community. As usual we have many great exhibits, games, and crafts, plus great BBQ food again ($5) in the Sanctuary's field across from the Bayside Restaurant from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. We’re also hosting a SILENT AUCTION of local art, produce, plus some great treats from outdoor outfitters, as well as a live PLANT AUCTION. Come enjoy it if you can. The Duck Derby race itself will take place around 1pm on August 9th, 2008.

Thanks so much for your love & friendship. And for your support of the Duck Derby!



Gina Purtell, Director
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
Massachusetts Audubon Society
1280 Horseneck Road
Westport, MA 02790
Phone: (508) 636-2437
Fax/alt: (508) 636-0272

Adopt a duck and join the race!
The 5th Annual Allens Pond Duck Derby takes place Sat. Aug 9 from 12-3 pm. Join the fun on race day or support Allens Pond from afar. Go to to download an adoption form.

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