$50 'Quack Pack' yeilds $10,000 prize

Tribune-Star/Lisa Trigg$10K winner: The presentation of a $10,000 check to Rubber Duck Regatta winner Tracy Gaston of Naperville, Illinois, occurred Friday at the Catholic Charities foodbank in Terre Haute. At the presentation were, from left, Waddles, Caleb Fleschner of the advisory board, Kroger representatives Matt Wilkins and John Malone, Gaston, Connie Arney, Jerry Arney, David Wills of the advisory board, and executive director John Etling. 

A $50 12-duck Quack Pack turned into a $10,000 prize for Tracy Gaston through the Rubber Duck Regatta fundraiser by Catholic Charities of Terre Haute.

Gaston picked up her prize money Friday at the foodbank's warehouse, and she said she will probably save  $100 to buy a 24-duck Quack Pack next year in the annual fundraiser.

The winner joked that her mother, Connie Arney of Terre Haute, is also asking for a finder's fee since Arney picked up the entry form that Gaston submitted via the mail.

Gaston, who "bought" the ducks in honor of a friend, lives in Naperville, Illinois, where she worked for a law firm that supports a local food bank.

During the July 4 regatta sponsored by Kroger, 16,000 bright yellow rubber ducks were released from a dump truck provided by Misco Crane onto the lawn at Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute. The winning duck, captured by volunteer and Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta committee member Janet Clark, belonged to Gaston.

The event netted $60,000 for the local Catholic Charities organization, which distributed 5.7 million pounds of food last year to local food banks in seven area counties.

Gaston said she hopes her Terre Haute family will consider volunteering at the food bank in the future.

Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or at lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter at TribStarLisa.

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Lisa Trigg has been a reporter at the Tribune-Star since 2009. With more than 30 years of newspaper experience, she now covers general news with a focus on crime and courts.