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SAINT CLAIR – The Avenues Duck Race returned for its 33rd event on Sunday, as dozens of people gathered at the Coal Creek Commerce Center to watch the rubber ducks descend Mill Creek to raise funds to improve the lives of some of the special citizens of Schuylkill County.

“We heard about it and decided to give it a go,” said Lois Buhl, of Frackville, as the ducks tumbled into the creek and made their way to the bridge at the entrance to the center about a quarter-mile away.

Hundreds of bright yellow ducks made their way to the bridge, while others couldn’t get past the whirlpools and rocks of the narrow, shallow cove.

The luckiest duck belonged to Janet Miller of Mifflinburg, whose $ 5 purchase rewarded her with the grand prize of $ 1,000. Thirty-three other people won prizes, although the big winner was Avenues, which received the proceeds from the duck purchases.

“We are very happy,” said Executive Director Peter Keitsock, who added that the exact amount raised would not be totaled until later today. He said the organization was happy to host the event after it was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Avenues provides services to people with disabilities and their families throughout the county. The Duck Race is the best-known fundraising event for the group, which is also a member agency of Schuylkill United Way.

“Avenues is a great program,” said Commissioner Gary J. Hess, board member and past president of the agency. “It improves the quality of life for people with disabilities. This gives them the best possible quality of life.

Hess said he knew a lot about the agency in his own life. He said his mother worked there for 27 years and his sister received services from it.

Carol Homa, of Pottsville, encouraged the ducks from the creek bank, as she does every year. She said her son, Michael Homa, works in the agency’s greenhouse in Mechanicsville

“(It’s) for their benefit,” she said of the race. “It helps anyone with a disability. “

Keitsock also thanked Womer’s Garage, Pottsville, who returned with his dump truck to dump the ducks into the creek to start the race, and the Schuylkill Hose Company No. 2 Rescue and Dive Recovery Team, Schuylkill Haven, for helping with the event. He also said the return from the race was a big step for the agency.

“Absolutely, it was a success,” he said.

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