Going ‘Quackers’ or How to Win $10,000

As many of you know, I am part of several non-profit organizations. Among these is the Kiwanis Club of Glendale (I am actually one of two vice presidents of that organization).

The largest fundraiser that the Club has is its annual Duck Splash. People purchase rubber ducks ($5 each) that are then raced in several “heats.” The owner of the duck that finishes first wins $10,000. In addition there are prizes of $1,000 each and $500 each plus purchasers of a “quack pack” (five ducks for $25) are put into a separate drawing for a $500 gift card … many chances to win.

In addition, there are “duck buddies” – non-profits that have a team that sells ducks. They get 50% of all money they raise – a plus for them regardless if they sell the winning duck.

The money raised is dedicated to projects that benefit youth, elderly, underserved populations and non-profit organizations. For example, the Club has donated repeatedly to Prom Plus.

Being that this year’s Duck Splash is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Verdugo Park on May 4, our theme is Star Wars. I missed attending a meeting and, consequently, have been named a team captain. With my co-captain Ron Baker, our team has taken the moniker of Obi-Wan Duckobi and, since I’m somewhat of a competitive person, I want to beat the other teams in raising money for the Duck Splash.

So I encourage you to visit and consider buying a duck – or two – or even a flock of 100. It’s easy: visit the site and click on Adopt a Duck Now. Item 1: Do you have an adoption paper number? No. Then a drop down menu opens: Choose a team. (I hope you support K Obi-Wan Duckobi). Choose a member. (I hope you choose Robin Goldsworthy.)

Item 2: Select a package. (Put in the number of how many of that package you want to purchase.) Then click Continue to finish up the purchase.

That’s it – pretty easy.

One more thing: when you win, let me know so I can brag.

And remember: it’s for the kids.


Though a winner in a few of the political races still needs to be determined, for the most part the deal is done (or the die has been cast). Congratulations are extended to all: the candidates who were brave to throw their hats into the political ring, those who cast their all-important ballots and the winners. Without a doubt, there were many contentious races but I, like many, sigh with relief on who was (and was not) voted onto local boards.

Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly. She can be reached at or (818) 248-2740.