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Raining event raises $14,100

By Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer October 01, 2014 12:23 am

A Rotarian empties a bin full of toy cats on dogs from helicopter piloted by Dan Brattain during a fundraising event at Port of Brookings Harbor.

Approximately $14,100 was raised for nonprofit organizations during the Rotary International of Brookings’ Raining Cats and Dogs event Saturday at the Port of Brookings Harbor Kite Field.

Nonprofits weren’t the only ones who benefited. After Bonnie Northrup, event chair, matched the numbers on the toy dogs and cats to the numbers of the “adoption” papers, a Harbor resident became $5,000 richer as the grand prize winner.

The big winner was Frank Van Lith, a resident at Sea View Senior Living Community, which was a sales partner that was selling adoptions. This is the second year the event was held and both times the winner was someone who adopted a cat/dog from Sea View, it was said when the winner was announced.

The odds of this happening? Only one of the 5,000 toy dogs and cats dropped from a helicopter was a winner.

Prior to the event, sales partners sold adoptions for $5 each. Each entry had a number. Each toy also had a number. The toys were dropped from a helicopter, flown by Dan Brattain of Cal-Ore Life Flight, onto a target painted on the field. Those closest to the center pin in the target were the winners.

In addition to the toy drop, booths were set up by the sales partners to share what they offered, games for children and food was available.

The amount raised was about $100 more than last year’s event, according to Rotary Club officials. Van Lith’s grand prize consisted of $2,500 in cash, and gift certificates.

Other prize winners were a Brookings fishing package, Lana Walker; Ashland package, Debbie Brown; Del Norte package, Sharon Hartung; Brookings golf and dining package, Keith Kolimaga; Gold Beach package, Dick Wold; Requa Inn, Barbara Spikes, Steve Ring and Priscilla Lang; legal services from Chris Mecca, Debby Phillips; hometown prize package, Laurie Turner; barbecue from Sears, Bob Wirsing, Harbrook $300 gift certficate, Dave Bassett; 30 Coffees from Dutch Bros., Lisa Lagunas, Paul Wittenmeier, Alice Farmer, Emily Baker, Norma Bowles, Sheri Witt, Kevin Blondell Jr., David Lunsford, Roy Davis, Duffell Gray; Curry Coastal Pilot gift certificate, Barbara Oliveira; Jerry’s Rogue Jets gift certificate, Debbie Waibel; Salmon Run golf package, Matt Danforth; Curry Coastal Pilot one-year subscription, Wendy Abel.

Northrup told the Pilot that she has not been able to contact all of the winners. Winners listed may stop by Umpqua Bank, 16271 Highway 101, Harbor, to claim their prize.


Raining cats and dogs!

Written by Jane Stebbins, Pilot staff writer
October 09, 2013 08:15 am
The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

Onlookers ducked in excitement as Dan Brattain's helicopter swooped over the Kite Field at the Port of Brookings Harbor Saturday, dumping thousands of little rubber kitties and puppies onto a target painted on the grass below.

Whomever's critter bounced closest to the center would win. There would be only one — Meg Claflin of Brookings — to walk away with the $5,000 cash prize. And there were five more swipes to drop 3,000 cats and dogs as part of the Rotary Club's inaugural Raining Cats and Dogs fundraiser.

"Since 2008, the Ducky Derby has raised more than $100,000 for community projects," said Rotary Club President Jan Ramelli. "Because sponsors help us with the operating cost of the race, every adoption dollar goes to a community project."

The event raised $14,000 this year, up about $4,000 from last year's last Ducky Derby that the cats and dogs drop replaced. The money will go to various Rotary Club projects, including third grade swimming lessons, the food pantry at the high school and the distribution of dictionaries.

After the fly-bys, cat and dog adopters stood behind the yellow tape, anxiously awaiting the outcome. Three officials, one armed with an oversized caliper, measured — again and again — the location of each cat and dog in the first target circle.

Other winners included Velma Wadsworth, Mark Jordan, Lana Walker, Jeanna Taylor, Patricia Bergeron, Matt Mere, Tony Martin, Stacy Kreger, Ann Moore, Dana Hoover, Marty Glazebrook, Sally Laasch, Michael Hansen, Irene Grassi, Cheryl Bontrager, Beth Liles, Delores Young, Matt Mjelde, Nancy Vanderlinden, Vicki Munyon, Rose Percival, Dee Dee Mrozinski, Rich Thibault, Janet Pretti, Jimmy McMillian, Keith Kolimaga, Donna Ostrowski, Luck Films and Tiffanie Hodge


Ducky Derby Move Over – It’s Raining Cats & Dogs

For the past five years, the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Club has raised over $120,000 for community projects, ranging from the Food Pantry, to Sole Mates, and giving free dictionaries to Kalmiopsis 3rd graders. The community fundraising for these projects has been generated largely due to the Ducky Derby fundraising efforts.  

At the first organizational meeting for the 2013 Rotary fundraiser, club members decided to bring a whole new look to the fundraising derby, and that meant – no more ducks. Members have been meeting weekly to plan this new event and make it even more successful than past derbies. “The ducks have to go,” stated Jan Ramelli, Brookings-Harbor Rotary President. “For 2013, it is “Raining Cats & Dogs”; we want to bring more emphasis to our local community. We anticipate this change will result in an even more successful fundraiser, resulting in more monies going to our local communities.”

“The southern Oregon coast is well known for the amount of rain we receive,” added Ramelli. “As a result, we felt this theme was more fitting with our community, and also, this will be lots more fun! We are replacing the ducks and working with local companies on logos and imprint information. These are just a few of the details that will make this new fundraiser more successful for all involved.”

To accomplish these projects Rotary meets every Tuesday at noon at the Sea View Senior Living Center. If you are interested in learning more about Rotary, contact any member for more information or call Bryan Tillung, current Rotary President, at 541-254-1973.


A ducky farewell from Webster

In the last five years, the Quack Attack Team and I have hosted Rotary Ducky Derby at Loeb State Park, raising over $110,000. Our 2012 Ducky Queen Bonnie Northrup, Rotary President Jan Ramelli, and I thank our generous sponsors, businesses donating prizes, in-kind contributors, and numerous volunteers.

Every Duck Adoption Dollar benefitted countless children in our community. Thank you Adopter Parents! Together we added stock to local food pantries for hungry children, awarded scholarships, bought shoes for needy children, provided swim lessons for all third graders… the list goes on.

Local non-profit partners used Duck Derby Dollars to support their services. Thank you non-profits.

My retirement was not an easy decision. Did you know the school children named me for the annual Rotary gift of Webster Dictionaries to every third grader? I love my name. I loved puffing myself up to promote every Ducky Derby.

Don’t be sad about my retirement. I’ve enjoyed working with your Rotarians. We made our decision, allowing me to retire, for good reasons. It was great fun being Rotary’s icon. I can’t wait for Rotary to introduce their “Raining Cats and Dogs” icons. You will love them!

In the meantime, look for me somewhere else in Brookings. I’m hoping to be invited to sit at the VIP tent in the Brookings Harbor Port when Dan Brattain of CAL OR Life Flight makes it rain “Cats and Dogs” on Saturday, October 5, 2013. I’m excited! Mark your calendars. Please!


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