Meet the 2022 Duckies racing for the Non-Profit Prize

David Quackerfield
David Quackerfield is racing for the Douglas County Libraries Foundation to inspire a love of reading, discovery and connection! This year, Quackerfield is Unlocking the Magic, helping readers of all ages pull an amazing summer out of the hat. Quackerfield puts donations to good use by helping kids attend Camp DCL, giving adults the help they need to obtain their GEDs; and welcoming new babies to Douglas County with gifts that encourage a lifetime of reading. If there’s a program or event at Douglas County Libraries, Quackerfield usually has his beak in the middle of the action. His favorite events are Summer Reading and Outdoor Storytime (birds love it!). The Douglas County Libraries Foundation delivers funding and resources to help sustain the Douglas County Libraries to positively impact our community members so they can grow and thrive.
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.  
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.”
Teen Ducky
Teen is racing for The Aspen Effect because The Aspen Effect is such a cool organization for teenagers!  Teen Ducky trains by hanging out with the goats, mini horses and large horses at the Bell Mountain Ranch Equestrian Center.  He prepares to meet all the awesome youth that come spend time with their mentors and the animals.  Teen Ducky wants to win this race to make a quacking statement that teenage mental health is so important right now!  Children’s Hospital in Denver recently declared a state of emergency for youth mental health.  The Aspen Effect addresses our youth mental and emotional health crises in Colorado by building resiliency in youth with a unique animal environment, a caring mentor team, and a strength-based approach.
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.