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Spotlight: Jim Thorpers bicycle team raises funds with duck derby race, cornhole tournament

People gathered at the Jim Thorpe Sportsmen’s Club last Saturday for the Jim Thorpers bicycle team’s duck derby fundraiser and cornhole tournament.

Team member Trish Spillman organized the event, which was a race among 2,800 ducks floating down Mauch Chunk Creek. Each duck was numbered and corresponded to a numbered raffle ticket sold by team members.

The top ticket, worth $1,000, was purchased by Joanne Balla from Southampton, Pennsylvania. Prize money totaling $2,100 was awarded to the first 10 ducks to cross the finish line.

The event also had food, drinks, music and several baskets that were raffled off.

The team considered the fundraiser a success and hope it’s even bigger and better next year.

Jim Thorpers bicycle team member and duck derby organizer Trish Spillman announces the winners of the duck derby during the after party held at the Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
Spectators line the bank of the Mauch Chunk Creek for the finish of the Jim Thorpers' duck derby.
Todd Truskey, Fudge Carroll, John McGinley, Chuck Holland and Bill Chapman dump thousands of ducks into the Mauch Chunk Creek to start the duck derby.
Mike Spillman collects the losing ducks from the creek after the race.
Ducks sit on a table at the Jim Thorpe Sportsmen's Club waiting for last-minute purchases.
Jim Trainer, a member of the Jim Thorpers bicycle team, uses a net to scoop up the ducks at the end of the race.
Mike Kattner of Jim Thorpe tosses a bag during the cornhole tournament.