Ducky Derby quacks off for help center

Jessica Boyd • Updated May 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The first Ducky Derby Race raised thousands Saturday for the Wilson County Community Help Center in Lebanon.


The day started off with breakfast at Carroll-Oakland School, followed by the duck drop at the north Cumberland River Bridge on Highway 231.

Each participant bought a duck for $5 each with the hope of winning one of the four cash prizes. The winners of the Derby Duck Drop were Ashley Testamand in last place, Mary Jane Turnbull in third, Randy Laine in second and Chris Leauber in first. 


“We had 3,152 ducks to enter the race,” said director Ben Spicer. “We stand to make $10,000-plus after we pay our expenses, which have not been completely tabulated. So we are real proud of that. We are very happy about it. And it will go to a lot of things that we are trying to do. Right now, we help with utilities, food, clothes and medical expenses. So this would potentially be able to help us build a foundation to include rent and mortgages again someday.”

 “We are so happy to support the good work the help center is doing…” said Nolan McCue with Aflac. “We are involved with a lot of folks in the community who use the help center. Anything we can provide we always try to.” 

“I would like to thank everyone for a terrific day of fun on the river,” Spicer said.

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