Coming into its 13th year, the Great Quack Attack duck race was held during the Main Street Festival on June 3 and raised $31,955.
The money went towards The Alley, Ford County 4-H and Sacred Heart Cathedral School.
"Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic School would like to thank the Z98 Great Quack Attack for allowing us to be part of this very generous fundraiser," Sacred Heart principal Lynee Habiger said in an email.
"As a private school, funding is always an issue and Z98 as well as the people of Dodge City truly appreciate your support.
"Our donations will be used for additional software and various instructional materials.
"Once again, we thank the people of Dodge City for supporting our Dodge City youth."
Rubber ducks are purchased for either $10 or $50 and raced with the winners receiving money.
All the money from the duck purchases went to the three organizations.
Prizes were given for first through 10th place.
The winners were: 10th place, Kerry Walters $100; 9th place, Kim Batman $200; 8th place, Tracy Shinogle $300; 7th place, Brad Roetzer $400; 6th place, Tim Kirby $500; 5th place, Lynee Habiger $600; 4th place, Don Dupree $700; 3rd place, Ryan Warkentin $1,600; 2nd place, Kathy Koehn $1,500; 1st place, Scott Bogner $3,000.
According to Western Kansas Broadcast Center media account executive Marisa Vargas, Kirby donated his winnings to The Alley, Bogner donated his winnings to The Alley, Ford County 4-H and Sacred Heart School and Habiger donated her winnings to the cathedral.
The Great Quack Attack also held the first Pimp Your Duck contest.
"Businesses were able to buy an oversized duck and decorate it," Vargas said. "The winner was The Alley with honorable mentions going to Vicki Smith realtor, Coldwell Banker Hancocks Dodge City Inc. and Paws and Claws pet shop."
According to Christa Roy, market manager at Western Kansas Broadcast Center, the breakdown for how much the three organizations received were, The Alley receiving $24,201, Ford County 4-H $5,511 and Sacred Heart Cathedral School $2,243.
"The money raised from the Quack Attack Fundraiser is a great help to our 4-H’ers," said Lexi Kiniston with Ford County 4-H in an email. "We split the money evenly between the seven 4-H clubs we have in Ford County and the 4-H Council.
"The clubs and council use the money for scholarships to help make our camps and leadership conferences more affordable for 4-H’ers, to purchase 4-H promotional supplies to use throughout the year, and club meeting supplies.
"This year, Ford County 4-H’ers voted to give a portion of the money they raised to the Ford County Fair board to go towards installing air conditioning in the Ford County Fair building."
"We have to thank the events sponsors," Vargas said in an email. "They were Credit Union of Dodge City, United Wireless, Lewis Toyota, Western Kansas Broadcast Center, Z98, Phillips Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, Kansas Feeds, Kelly Henrichs DDS, Stewart Plumbing and Heating, McDonald's, Dodge City Community College, Lucky Liquor, Trojan Specialty, Aflac, Dan Stecklein, Dave Snapp, Limo Santino, Garcia Antosh Law Office, The Doctors Office, Casey’s Cowtown, Winter Livestock and Culligan of Dodge City.
"We also would like to thank the Dodge City Fire Department, Dodge City Parks and Recreation and Dodge City Public Works.
"The fire department has always helped set up the river for the ducks and assembling the stands where people sit down and get the water running.
"Parks and rec provided the bleachers, sandbags and street cones."
In an email from Candice Thomas, adult board vice president of The Alley, she said, "The Alley, Project Teen Safe would like to, once again, thank the Z98 Great Quack Attack for the continued opportunity we are given each year to be involved in this amazing fundraiser for our area youth organizations.
"This year, possibly even more so than any years in the past, the money raised was very crucial to The Alley. In late 2016 our building had three heating units fail and need immediate replacement.
"After paying the bill for these new units, it left our account balance at a dangerously low level. There was much tension for a few months as we struggled to keep our head above water in paying the month to month operating expenses. This is life from time to time in the not-for-profit world.
"There is something very unique and exceptional to the duck fundraiser. We all realize and appreciate the fact that the harder we work at selling duck leases, the more money we directly raise for The Alley.
"Our director, Mindy Stapleton, her direct personal support system as well as our teen board members work endlessly during duck season.
"Everyone's efforts from this year's sales will help the much-needed replenishing of our operating account as well as a few special treats that are in store for our kids who helped with the fundraiser.
"The Alley teen board, as well as all community kids, are the reason The Alley exists and we hope our teen board members take pride in the fact that The Alley continues to exist is a direct reflection of their hard work and dedication.
"That is what The Alley is all about, after all.
"We love our community's kids. Thank you again, to Z98 Great Quack Attack for the opportunity to continue to provide a great place for them to be safe and grow."