Lucky Duck is success


Lucky Duck race on Forge Pond

Alisha Sabnis, Staff Writer

On Saturday, September 19th at Westford’s Forge Pond, the Westford-Littleton Crew Team held a fundraiser called the Lucky Duck to help raise money for boats and upkeep for the season. This year, the team made a profit of around $7,000.

The fundraiser’s main event was the rubber duck race at the pond; people were able to buy rubber ducks that were raced in the water. The grand prize of the race was dinner for two anywhere around the world. This included air fare, a two night stay in a hotel, and dinner in any place of the winner’s choice with the budget of $10,000.

The winner of the race was Joseph Cipriano, a man who was not at the fundraiser when he won.

Rubber ducks were sold for $5 per duck, $25 for 6 ducks, or $50 for 13 ducks. Each crew member was given a certain number of ducks to sell to anyone who was interested over the course of three weeks.

“This is my first year coaching, and I like the outcome of this fundraiser. For next year, I hope to make it more organized so that it’s easier for everyone,” said one of the crew coaches, David Cormier.

This year, the crew teamed up with Forever Young, an American suicide prevention organization, to fund the trip. This is the first year they have joined with team Forever Young, and the second time doing the Lucky Duck fundraiser.

“It went really well, it was good working with Team Forever Young, and it was a big success. I would love to do it again next year,” said Cormier.

Besides the race, there were many attractions including games, a bouncy castle, food, and music.

The regatta attracted people from middle schoolers to senior citizens.

“I like the regatta because it makes us visible to the community. We encourage anyone who has never rowed before to come try it out,” said Captain Dan Measer.