YOUR VIEW: Many helped make Duck Race a success

Published on Friday, 18 May 2018 22:02
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To The Editor,

On behalf of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank the many people who helped make the 2018 Pequabuck River Duck Race a success. This was our 14th race and we couldn’t have done it without our sponsors and friends.

This year we introduced new partners to the race who were instrumental in our success. Thanks to American Legion Post 209, Bristol Catholic Schools, Miss Forestville Scholarship Org., PYVOT (Professional Young Visionaries of Tomorrow), Rotary Club of Bristol, and United Way of West Central Connecticut.

Many thanks go to our generous sponsors: Yarde Metals, Webster Bank, Jim & Denise Albert, Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 773, and Kelly Educational Staffing.

There would be no race without the support of Clean Harbors and their wonderful team – thank you for once again handling the setup and manning of the finish line of the race.

Thank you to all of our prize donors for your generosity: Chippanee Country Club, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol, Lake Compounce, Nuchie’s Restaurant, Quinoco Oil, Sassu Cuts, San Gennaro, CT Beer Tours, Bodywork by Becca, Sonic of CT, Physical Therapy & Massage of CT, Hartford County Tattoo, Greer’s Chicken, Silvana Day Spa & Salon, Black Bear Auto, Tunxis Grille and Pizzeria, J&M Restaurant, Artificial Flower Shop, Get Up N Dance Studio, Oasis Restaurant, Lee Po Chinese Restaurant, and it! Candy.

In addition, we would like to thank our race supporters: 102.9 The Whale for providing great music and the terrific Maxwell McGee to emcee the race, Bristol Eastern High School Girls’ Volleyball Team and St. Paul Catholic High School Girls’ Basketball Team for helping get our ducks in a row, Bristol Parks and Recreation for lending us children’s games, Bristol Public Works for road barricades and trash cans, City True Value for donating a bounce house even though it got rained out, Carpenter Construction for launching the ducks, St. Paul’s Catholic High School and 186th Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol youth volunteers for all of their help, Pequabuck River Watershed Association for helping keep the river beautiful, Broad Street Self Storage for giving our ducks a great home while they aren’t racing, volunteers Jay and Cathy Kolakoski, and Lisa and David King, our banner hangers Andrew Howe, and Jake and Francine Carrier, and all of our vendors who made the event a lot of fun to attend.

Finally we would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who sold duck race tickets and helped promote this event. Your support is invaluable to the race and we appreciate every one of you.

We couldn’t have such a successful race, craft fair and block party without all of our volunteers, friends, sponsors, partners and the support of the Bristol community.

Thank you to everyone who helped us, bought a ticket, or attended the event and we will see you all for the 15th Annual Pequabuck River Duck Race on May 5, 2019!

Cheryl Thibeault & Rebecca White

Pequabuck River Duck Race Co-Chairs

Bristol Chamber of Commerce

Posted in New Britain Herald, Letters on Friday, 18 May 2018 22:02. Updated: Friday, 18 May 2018 22:05.