20 years of the AdironDuck Race have come to a close as we dumped an additional 6610 ducks down the Oswegatchie River on April 27, 2014. More than 1600 visitors, guests, and volunteers were on hand to make the day a great success. Even the unseasonably cool weather was not enough to keep our supporters away.
The day started with the arrival of nearly 60 volunteers on Friday night, who together made light work of the clean-up process in preparation for the big day. We start by thanking each of these individuals, many of whom drove several hours over hundreds of miles, from all over NYS, New England, and as far south as Virginia. This event just is not possible without the many whom I am honored to call “Volunteer”. These people are former staff members, friends of staff members, family members, and even complete strangers to the Oswegatchie community. They are the heart and soul of Oswegatchie. They raked, built finish gates and duck dumpers, raked, cooked, raked, moved wood, cleaned up the sugar bush, set up displays, raked, and when all that was done they raked.
Sunday started with a hearty Adirondack style pancake breakfast, featuring our own pure Maple Syrup, produced by Jamie Thibodeau. As the morning ticked on we served 200 patrons an hour a great breakfast professionally prepared by the members and teachers of the Stockbridge Valley FFA. Thank you SVCS FFA for 20 years of dedication to this job. 853 breakfasts served.
Even though mother nature did not warm us up, we had several food vendors offering lots of warm foods, from Kettle Korn, to fried dough, to burgers and fries. Children roasted marshmallows by the fire, jumped around in bounce houses, and were entertained by Troy Wunderles One Man Circus. Others attended our Duckumenical Church Service, with the Pastor Raymond Lighthall, listened to stories of the Adirondacks from Bill Smith and perused many fine handmade gifts from the Adirondack Artisans Guild. The newly constructed Foster Lodge was open for tours, and for perusal of and entry into our many door prize offerings.
The highlight of the day was the dumping of the ducks at 1 PM. A record setting 6610 ducks were sold this year, from FFA Chapters all over NYS. The winners of the day are:
Grand Prize- Megan McGinley
1st- Marge Tiffany
2nd- Bob Shafer
3rd- Barb Loomis
4th- Mohawk Valley FFA
5th- Melissa Staffin
6th- Logan Marcinko
7th- Brian Tabolt
8th- Tucker Swartz
9th- Mike Sheldon
10th- Marge Tiffany
11th- Julie Fairbanks
12th- Larry Kloster
13th- Genesee Valley BOCES
Gross receipts on the day were $46550 from sponsors, pancake breakfasts, miscellaneous sales, and the selling of ducks. This money will be used to send FFA members to camp this summer, and will also support the purchase of many of the program items we need to make our program run smoothly.
We were also showered with great media coverage as the Watertown Daily Time, WWNY TV 7, and Time Warner News attended. To see some excellent press coverage of the event go to any of the links below:
A full detailed report of chapter participation and complete sponsors report will be shared by the end of the week via this list serve.
Thank you to all FFA chapters who supported this event and helped your students raise money for camp this coming year.
With kind regards,
The Oswegatchie Team;
Bill, Robin, Jamie, and Todd
Todd M. Lighthall, Executive Director
NY FFA Foundation, Inc.
Engaging Youth in Agricultural & Career Success
9340 Long Pond Rd.
Croghan, NY 13327
Big Changes in Our Sponsorship Search for 2014
Oswegatchie is looking for Sponsors for its Duck Race in April!
What to consider about a sponsorship for any organization!
Oswegatchie has committed to giving out $5,000 in Cash Prizes! In addition, any other prize valued at $100 and easily mailed will also be a Major Race Prize! These Prizes are the prizes won in the actual Duck Race itself. Major Race Prize winners do not need to be present to win.
Our other major sponsorship needs include our entertainers, kid’s area, volunteer shirts, and breakfast sponsors. These are crucial sponsors and a great way to get additional recognition the day of the race!
We are also making a major change in Door Prizes. In 2013, we gave out 75 door prize tickets. These tickets are given to anyone that purchases a pancake breakfast, and people can buy additional tickets. Door prizes will be raffled using a "penny social" approach. Each prize has its own "hat". This allows ticket buyers to choose which prize to focus on, as opposed to having a first, second, third, etc. prize. Winners need to be present to win these prizes.
All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Oswegatchie summer camp program. Every expense underwritten by a sponsor makes every dollar earned more powerful for the youth we serve. You can help by sponsoring a specific option below or give a general contribution. Contact us to discuss details regarding sponsors. Call (315) 346-1222 and ask for Bill or Todd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major Sponsor Recognition:
Major sponsors are recognized with signage the day of the race, listing with a hypertext link on our sponsors list, and promotion day of the event with prize award.
For the Biggest Sponsor, we will give you exclusive placement on our website's footer with a hypertext link to your website. This is perfect for businesses with a state wide reach or local business looking for promotion. The official "biggest" sponsor will be posted by April 1st, however, if the biggest sponsor is $1,000 and a new sponsor for $2,000 steps forward, the new sponsor will override the former one.
The $1,000 sponsor for the volunteer T-shirts will have advertising exclusivity on that item. We print 100+ highly visible shirts for volunteers yearly. We will place your organization name on the shirt.
All sponsors of $1,000 or more will receive recognition our paid radio advertising which will run with the Flack Broadcasting Group.
Major Sponsorships Needed:
Cash Prizes $2000, $1000, $750, $500, $250, $100 (5)
Bounce Houses $600
ADK Storyteller $600
Volunteer Shirts $1000
Breakfast Sponsors $1000 (2)
Troy Wunderle Circus Show $1500
Event Sponsor Recognition
Event sponsors are recognized with signage on the day of the race and listed with a hypertext link on our website.
Door prizes will be raffled using a "penny social" approach. Each prize has its own "hat". This allows ticket buyers to choose which prize to focus on, as opposed to having a first, second, third, etc. prize. You will be recognized with signage at your item. Any door prize that is valued below $25, will be put in another category and all tickets from previous drawings will be added to that hat fr drawing. Even though people may have specialized on one "hat" this gives them a second chance to win.
*In-Kind Value means it’s a donation that is not cash, but can still be given a cash value. For example, a bike donation may be valued at $125.
Door Prizes Any Value
In-Kind* Prizes Any Value
Beverage Bar $300
Contact us to discuss details regarding sponsors. Call (315) 346-1222 and ask for Bill or Todd. Email us at email@example.com.
Duck Master General
Attention: Oswegatchie Adiron-Duck Race supporters
The Oswegatchie Adiron-DUCK Race is Sunday April 27th 2014. It’s our 20th year! We want to make sure YOU, our biggest supporters, are informed about all the ways your chapter can benefit!
For every duck a school gets credit for selling, we will give that school 50% of that money back as "Duck Bucks". Duck Bucks can be used anytime in the next 12 months for any purchases made at Oswegatchie. This includes summer camp fees, winter weekends, Environmental Leadership Programs, and store purchases.
There are two methods that you can use to feather your chapter’s nest with “Duck Bucks”
1. Commit to selling a “flock” of ducks. This is the traditional method which chapters have used to sell ducks for the past 20 years! You commit to a batch of ducks whether it be 25 or 200, you take your lot and you work through students or Alumni to sell them in your community. We do not take ducks back so the number of ducks you request are yours to keep. This is the most lucrative strategy!
2. We now have our website set up to allow individuals to purchase ducks on-line, and they can also select which FFA Chapter they want their purchase to benefit. This means money can be allotted to your chapter with no effort from you! All you have to do is spread the word and get people to go on-line, buy a ducks, and selected your chapter to benefit.
The combination of the two methods will give your chapter the best results. Having physical duckuments to sell is great for local supporters and chapter events. Having the ability to direct people on-line is great for folks that are interested but don’t have cash at the moment, or for additional sales after you have sold all of your requested flock.
EXTRA BIG DEAL! Not only will FFA Chapters get 50% of their sales in “Duck Bucks”, but the FFA Chapter that sells the most ducks will get an additional Free Campership for this summer!
In 2013, 21 schools took flocks of ducks and received some on-line sales, an additional 17 schools received credit from on-line sales only. This resulted in $11, 700 in credit to these 38 chapters! Oswegatchie would love to have more chapters involved in the duck program, and get more students to Oswegatchie, whether it be for an exciting week of summer camp, or a fire side winter weekend.
Our first Adiron-Duck Race was in 1994, we hope to make our 20th year a record breaker! FFA chapters have sold countless ducks and have helped send many students to Oswegatchie. Thank you for your support!
If you have questions or wish to place an order for your flock, respond to this email. Our duck race documents have just been sent to the print shop, we will have them available for distribution in the next few weeks.
Program Specialist & Administrative Assistant
Oswegatchie Educational Center
9340 Long Pond Rd
Croghan, NY 13327
The New York FFA Foundation
The NYSFFALTF, Inc., chartered in 1946 by the New York State Board of Regents, is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides businesses, associations, other foundations, and individuals the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of our New York youth. Our mission is to build and maintain a financial base that will allow the New York FFA to generate well-educated and career focused productive citizens. Email our Director at firstname.lastname@example.org .