About 3,000 little rubber ducks floated down the Rouge River in today, winning a Brighton resident $50 a week in groceries for the next year.
Foundation director Eunice Jeffries said she expects the annual Rubber Duck Race will raise about $10,000 for the , when all is said and done. The organization awards grants to local nonprofits, schools and civic groups.
Karen LaPointe won the grand prize; nine others took home prizes as well. Numbers on the ducks corresponded to tickets sold throughout the community over the past several months.
More than 30 corporate-sponsored ducks also took to the water for bragging rights, with and and finishing in the top three spots.
The afternoon event featured a performance from students and free scoops of Hudsonville ice cream.
"It went very well," Jeffries said. "I think the biggest part that amazed me was how every corporate sponsor offered to make my job easier."
Jeffries said many people volunteered to help, and she even found support during Saturday's .
"It was a big rush for me personally," she said. "People were literally stopping me to buy tickets along the parade route."
Other prize winners were:
2nd - Michelle Robinson of Ferndale, overnight accommodations and breakfast once a month for a year from
3rd - Hari Tilak of Farmington Hills, adult fitness classes from , a fitness item from , and a 3-month family membership to the
4th - Tom LaMense of Farmington, a Downtown Farmington package with items from , , , , and
5th - Lawrence R. Clark of Detroit, a Downtown Farmington package with items from Basement Burger Bar, and
6th - Sherry Orell, a family portrait gift certificate from
7th - Carla Burke of Farmington Hills, a 10-person birthday party
8th - Bill Scheuber of Lake Orion, one month tuition to School of Rock
9th - Lau Ma of Farmington Hills, items from vendors who participate in The Old Winery Market and Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market
10th - Felicia Gordon of Farmington Hills, a round of golf at Western Golf & Country Club and a special gift from