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Annual Duck Race planned in May

By Lindsey Rae Vaughn

The 11th annual Duck Race is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 7 at the Goreville Village Park from noon to 5:30 p.m.

The Duck Race is an annual fundraiser for the Heather Treat Memorial Fund.

Heather died from cancer in March of 1994 and her family has ever since raised funds and given back to those with cancer who reside in Johnson County.

Fundraising coordinator and Heather’s sister, Robin Harper-Whitehead, said this year, the duck race is going to be done differently.

This year, the event will take place for the first time at Goreville Village Park.

There will also not be a duck race on a lake, but rather a duck drop on a target.

Stevens Aircraft Solutions have donated the use of their helicopter, “Lil Redbird” and will drop the ducks onto a target on the ground.

Whoever’s ducks land on the bullseye will split a pot of $3,000. The next ring’s winner’s will split $2,000 and the last ring’s winners will split $1,000.

Also during the event will be inflatables, kids games, food, entertainment and helicopter rides.

Organizers are currently looking for people to sell ducks.

There are four categories: clubs, church, school or individual that can request to sell ducks. The winner of each category will win a cash prize.

T-shirts will also be sold. The shirts will have an “in memory” list of people who have passed away from cancer. To add a name to the t-shirt, contact Harper-Whitehead by March 8.

Pre-orders for the t-shirts are being taken now.

Because of the efforts and donations to the Heather Treat Memorial Fund, in 2016, they gave $19,200 to help Johnson County residents affected by cancer.

Since its inception, $271,054.07 has been given.

Up to 48 residents a year have received help from the memorial fund and 778 people since 1994 have received funds.

Donations are always accepted and are tax deductible. Donate anytime at T-shirts and ducks can also be purchased online.

To inquire about t-shirts, receive vendor information or for further information about the event, contact Harper-Whitehead via the Heather Treat Memorial Fund Facebook page, website or call or text her at 618-967-9528.

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