Gary Reidel, representing Wilder Toyota, plucks the winning duck from a truck. Wilder Toyota of Port Angeles sponsored the top prize of a 2024 Toyota Corolla. (Dave Logan/For Peninsula Daily News)

Gary Reidel, representing Wilder Toyota, plucks the winning duck from a truck. Wilder Toyota of Port Angeles sponsored the top prize of a 2024 Toyota Corolla. (Dave Logan/For Peninsula Daily News)

Thirty-five winners announced in Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Pluck

Fundraising record set for Olympic Medical Center Foundation

PORT ANGELES — John Aten of Port Angeles won the top prize, a Toyota Corolla donated by Wilder Toyota of Port Angeles, at the Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Pluck presented by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

The event on Sunday at Pebble Beach in Port Angeles set a record for the most money raised for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation in the event’s 35-year history — $129,000 after expenses. The old record, set last year, was $117,000.

Wilder Toyota has contributed the top prize for all 35 years.

There were 28,854 ducks sold by sales groups in Port Angeles and Sequim, said Bruce Skinner, the executive director of the OMC Foundation.

Thirty-five prizes were awarded on Sunday. All plucks were operated under the rules of the Washington State Gambling Commission. Each duck ticket cost $7. For $35, adopters received an extra duck (six chances to win).

In addition to the top prize, winners included:

• Chelsea Rider of Port Angeles, $1,500 in cash from 7 Cedars Casino

• Dr. Donna Lodge of Sequim, $1,100 in cash from 7 Cedars Casino

• Ruby Henning of Sequim, $1,050 in cash from 7 Cedars Casino

• Michele Mangiantini of Port Angeles, box seats to a Port Angeles Lefties game

• Timathy Daltar of Port Angeles, a round of golf for four at Cedars at Dungeness

• Jim Leskinovitch of Port Angeles, a $250 gift certificate from Bec’s Specs

• Cindi Robinson of Sequim, four cases of Bedford’s Soda from Ed Bedford

• Port Book & News of Port Angeles, a one night stay at Port Angeles Red Lion

• Tom Curry of Port Angeles, dinner for four at 48 Degrees North

• Flora Todt of Port Angeles, a $150 Safeway gift card

• Peninsula Dental Clinic of Port Angeles, $100 gift certificate to LD’s 929 Woodfire Grill

• Anthony Woeck of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Fiesta Jalisco

• Brett Pearce of Seattle, $100 worth of gasoline at First Street Chevron

• The Lodge at Sherwood Village of Sequim, $100 gift certificate to Swain’s

• Rose Thompson of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Swain’s

• Captain Joseph House of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Fog Town Coffee Bar

• Fort Discover of Sequim, $100 gift certificate to Blackberry Café

• Bob and Sherry Phillips of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Next Door Gastropub

• Mike Haggerty of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Westside Pizza

• Beth Pratt of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Kokopelli Grill

• Tom Herschmiller of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Hook & Line Pub

• Andy Ritchie of Port Angeles, a $100 gift card to Starbucks

• First Fed of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to The Rail

• Travis Waddell of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Barhop

• Charles Owens of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Higher Grounds

• Elena Wilson of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Kindred Collective

• St. Vincent de Paul of Port Angeles, a $100 gift certificate to Athletes Choice

• Robert L Beebe of Sequim, a $100 gift certificate to Sea to Summit Charcuterie

• Sequim Valley Airport of Sequim, a $100 gift certificate to Pizza Hut

• Cheryl Richmond of Port Angeles, $100 gift card to Amazon

• Roxi Baxley of Port Angeles, dinner for two at 48 Degrees North

• Brown’s Outdoor of Port Angeles, $100 gift card to Applebee’s of Sequim

• Mt. Pleasant IGS & 76 of Port Angeles, a $100 gift card to Home Depot

• Daria Parello-Navarro of Port Angeles, $350 in cash from 7 Cedars Casino

Just prior to the main event was the Very Important Duck (VID) pluck, an opportunity for businesses and individuals, including those from off the Olympic Peninsula who do business with local companies, to purchase special VIDs emblazoned with their logo, for $350 each.

The winners were:

• Sequim Free Clinic, $700

• Liggins Landscaping of Sequim, $350

• Tillia Well Drilling of Port Angeles, $175

The top-selling individual salesperson was Sylvia Strohm, who sold 1,482 ducks. The top-selling Sequim salesperson was Esther Littlejohn, who sold 1,441 ducks (9,051 all-time).

Several others were at the top of the list, including Edna Petersen with 1,230 ducks (9,051 sold all-time), followed by Gail Ralston with 1,299 (35,559), Jim Leskinovitch with 1,080 (19,163), Harriet Coventon with 886 (3,437), Harry Hebert with 852 (6,089) and Addison Fox 810.

Fox, a Port Angeles High School student, won the rookie of the year award as a first-time seller.

Next was Sandy Sinnes with 745 ducks, 9,407 all-time. Between her and her late father Bub Olsen, they have sold 25,281 ducks all-time. She was followed by Leslie English (724) and PAHS student Oliver Martinez with 605.

The top-selling family was Larry and Sylvia Strohm, who sold 2,479 ducks (23,558 all-time).

Also selling as a family, Lindsay Fox and her daughters Ava and Addison sold 1,266 ducks.

All-time best salespeople include Gail Ralston (35,465), Larry and Sylvia Strohm (21,397), Dick and Delores Kent (19,117), Gay Lynn Iseri (18,706) and Jim Leskinovitch (18,803).

Most VID Ducks were sold by Esther Littlejohn with 24, followed by Edna Petersen and Jim Leskinovitch with 17, Addison Fox with 12, and Larry and Sylvia Strohm with 11.

The top team, the Quackerbackers, captained by Gail Ralston, sold 4,962 ducks. Team members were Edna Petersen, Sandy Sinnes, Karen Rogers, CarrieWait, Stepohanie Casillas, Lindsay Fox, Shannon Durr, Scooter Chapman, Erika Ralston-Word and Sheri Lehmann.

The No. 2 selling team was the Wilder Ducks led by Larry and Sylvia Strohm, Dick Kent and Delores Bamer and Bill Schlichting with 3,137.

No. 3 was the Olympic Medical Center Mandarin Duck Team with 2,159 led by Gay Lynn Iseri, Jim Leskinovitch and Jean Hordyk.

The team of Dick Kent and Delores Bamer, Gail Ralston and Scooter Chapman are the only people who have sold for all 35 events.

For more information, call the Olympic Medical Center Foundation at 360-417-7144.

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