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Rotary will be hosting a music festival to raise money for Shelter Box - July 16 - 4 - 8 p.m. at Garden Club Park Riverfront Stage in Rockford. 
Free Admission.  Please come out and listen to some great music. 
The event will feature the following artists: Nathan Walton & The Remedy, Melophobix, Whorled, The Elijah Russ Collective. 
The 2022 Start of Summer Big Daddy Duck Race is in the history books!  Thank you to everyone who supported this annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Rockford.
Winners:  Decorated ducks had the opportunity to win 4 different contests: Most Popular by online voting; Prettiest by who collected the most money in donations; Fastest and Slowest in the river race.
Most Popular:  Graff Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - Rockford won the most popular duck title for 2022 with 3216 votes!  That is a new record!  JH Nicholson collected more than 1900 votes for second place. Andrus Architecture was third with 1301 votes.  Thank you everyone for voting! 
Prettiest Duck:  Integrity Tax Group - Rockford who collected $102 for Hand2Hand. The total amount collected from all the ducks of $770 was matched by an anonymous donor. THANK YOU!
Fastest Duck:  Ila and Lucille
Slowest Duck:  Venman's Plant Service
Name the Duck Contest:  Momma duck's official name is now Mrs. Bella Quackers!  Congratulations to Denise Hibbard (first name) and Caitlin Brechting (last name) who submitted the winning name.
Special "Thank You" to these downtown businesses who hosted ducks for the online voting contest: Edge Barbershop, Edward Jones - Eva Trudell, GLIKs, Pump House, ComforCare Homecare Services and Aunt Candy's.
We hope to see you at Start of Summer 2023! 
The Rockford Rotary participated in the Rockford Community Expo on Saturday March 19th.  It was a fun day. Many small ducks and candy were distributed along with a few Rotary branded tape measures.  We also gave away between 150 and 200 books to kids as we  continue to promote literacy in our community. As part of the Expo we held a raffle just for fun.  We drew names and gave the winners a choice of $25 in Rockford cash or (4) meal tickets for our Rotary Chicken BBQ in September.  The winners of the drawing were:  Chris Melton, Holly Fiser and Brittany Gemke. 
We have notified the winners, but if for some reason you did not get our message, please call Erik Luxhoj at 920.850.0543.  Thank you! 
Thank you also to everyone who stopped by our booth, took some candy, chatted with us and entered the raffle.  We enjoyed talking to you!
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