Charities Make Final Push

Easter Seals and Goodwill have experienced lower than average donations this year.

The winners of Easter Seals "Cool Car, Cold Cash" contest were announced today. Seth Gibson of Evansville took home the grand prize of the 2013 Dodge Challenger. The $5,000 second prize went to Bryan Stephens of Evansville. Shirley Kulenkamp of Evansville won the thousand dollar third prize.

Pam Kirk, Easter Seals community relations director, said they raised $107,000 dollars this year. She said it broke previous records, but they had to extend the drawing three weeks.

"It seems to be kind of a tradition that people wait to the very last minute to purchase tickets and it always makes us nervous," Kirk said. "You never know how it's gonna turn out, but today the last ticket was sold at noon and that puts us at 3,026 tickets."

Kirk said they sold the majority of tickets after the extension.

But, unlike Easter Seals, the Goodwill 19th annual Ducks on the Ohio Adopt-A-Duck Race has hard deadline for donations.

Judi Early, communications director for Goodwill Industries, said they are making a final push to sell ducks before the race on Saturday.

Early said they are still two thousand ducks short of their goal. She said the economy may be partially to blame, and procrastination.

"We're hoping that's what happened and people will just step up," Early said. "If everybody bought one duck we'd exceed our wildest dreams."

Early said the proceeds will benefit Goodwill's transitioning housing program for homeless families.

The ducks, that cost five dollars, are available at Fifth Third Bank, Schnucks and several other retailers.

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