Meet the 2023 Duckies racing for the Non-Profit Prize

College bound Charlie
College bound Charlie is racing to benefit the scholars from Hide in Plain Sight !  His earnings will be used to fund scholarships for some amazing students who are homeless or impoverished and wish to pursue a post-secondary education at a two-year college, four-year college or vocational school.  Like many of our students, Charlie looks like the duck next-door, but although he looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, he is like the hundreds of students in our schools right here in Douglas County who are living in poverty or are homeless.  They are literally hiding in plain sight.  Thank you for supporting Charlie and our remarkable students! Hide in Plain Sight is a nonprofit organization that is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty one student at a time.
Doug Landry
Doug is racing for the Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC).  He loves to train on guided hikes led by the DLC on the over 26,757 acres of open space in Douglas, Elbert and Jefferson County that is permanently preserved by conservation easements managed by the DLC.  He also likes to get involved with the educational programs that are supported by funds from the Castle Rock Rotary Foundation.  The DLC is a non-partisan, non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat, and open space of Douglas County and other areas within the central Front Range region of Colorado.  
Duckleberry Finn
Duckleberry Finn is racing for the Douglas County Libraries Foundation, to inspire a love of reading, discovery and connection! Duck Finn and the DCL Foundation support the incredible work of Douglas County Libraries, granting Camp DCL scholarships for kids, helping adults obtain their GEDs, introducing new parents and their babies to the library’s early literacy services, supporting summer reading and literature-inspired events for all ages, delivering free books to Douglas County kids ages 0-5 in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, supporting adult learning and literacy, and planting roots for the future through its endowment fund.
The Douglas County Libraries Foundation delivers funding and resources to help sustain Douglas County Libraries and positively impact our community members so they can grow and thrive.
Hope Helper
Hope is racing for the Help & Hope Center (the Center) to raise money to assist individuals and families in Douglas and Elbert Counties who are in financial distress and at risk of becoming homeless.  She likes to train by unloading food from trucks and stocking shelves in Mela’s Pantry, the food bank at the Center that normally distributes about 65,000 pounds of food per month.  She is training especially hard this year to inspire more giving to the Center because the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in significant disruptions for the Center and community members in need. 
Rockie Farmer
Rockie is racing for the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF).  She trains by helping out at CALF's Lowell Ranch south of Castle Rock with the chickens, turkeys, goats and pigs.  She's also working in the hoop house getting everything planted for spring.  She especially likes to help out with a program funded by the Castle Rock Rotary Foundation that will support community groups grow and harvest food that will be distributed to locals in need through organizations like the Help and Hope Center food bank.  CALF connects people of all ages and abilities to agriculture through authentic educational programs, community projects, and leadership opportunities.
Rockin' Seniorita
Seniorita is racing for all the seniors at the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center (CRSAC) as well as in Douglas County, those “lucky ducks.” She trains by delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors, as well as shuttling seniors around town to medical appointments and, to her favorite, shopping. Seniorita also helps with the many classes and programs offered at the Center including Sports, Game Time and Wellness Programs. The Drama Group is her favorite as she is always quacking everyone up and has a bit of Drama Queen in her. She loves traveling with the many trips offered including Casino Trips, Bucket List Trips & Mystery Trips. She definitely keeps all the ducks in a row. For more that 51 years, the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center has been providing programming and services to area seniors age 50+ who are “Loving Life in the Second Half.”
Wellspring Wally
Wellspring Wally is racing for Wellspring Community.  Wally is excited to represent the Wellspring STARS (Specially Talented Adults Raising Standards) in this year’s race. Wally has been spending time out in the community with our STARS meeting lots of new people in Castle Rock. Wally and the Wellspring STARS know that anything is possible, even winning the Ducky Derby, when you put the right amount of joy and dancing into your day! Our STARS show us what special abilities they have and remind us that the only limits we have are those we put on ourselves. The Wellspring STARS and Wellspring Wally are excited for this year’s race and will see you at the finish line!  Wellspring Community is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide a work, enrichment and educational community where adults with special needs are empowered to live full, productive and satisfying lives in a God-centered and nurturing environment.