Dropping a 600 pound pumpkin from a helicopter into a swimming pool full of hundreds of floating rubber ducks to measure which duck is launched the furthest sounds like an idea that Matt Roloff might have come up with, doesn't it?
However, it's a creative idea to raise money for the fantastic Make-A-Wish Foundation from another Oregon farm located south of the Roloff farm in Gervais, Oregon - Bauman farms.
This event was brought to our blog's attention by a reader comment in response to the item about the new information the Roloffs released about their own 2009 Pumpkin season.
Our blog has no affiliation with Bauman Farms, but it's a creative idea and it's always good to raise awareness for the excellent Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you want to show your support, you can buy your own duck online for $10, $15, $20.
This is quite the creative idea to raise money:
If you have stopped by the (Bauman) farm recently you may have seen several displays of plastic ducks and wondered what they were all about.
Well as many of you know we are having the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off at the farm this year on October 3rd and 4th.
One of the main attractions at the event will be when we drop a 600lb pumpkin from a helicopter 300 feet up in the air. The helicopter will be aiming at a 20 foot pool and inside this pool will be hundreds of floating ducks. Each one of these ducks will represent a donation made by our customers towards the Make a Wish foundation. We have yellow ducks available for $10, green ducks for $15, and blue ducks for $20.
When the pumpkin explodes in the pool the ducks will go flying and the duck that makes it the furthest will not only win the buyer of that duck a gift basket from Bauman’s Farm and Garden every month for the next year but will also represent the amount of money Bauman’s Farm and Garden will donate to the Make a Wish Foundation. If a yellow duck makes it the furthest we will donate $1000, a green duck $1500, and a blue duck $2000. This donation will be in addition to the net proceeds raised from the sale of the ducks.
We are hoping that this will give all of you the incentive to buy the blue duck for $20 because it raises more money from the sale of the ducks and there is more of a chance for us to donate $2000 when the ducks go flying. Our goal is to raise at least $5000 because if we raise this much we will be able to grant the wish of one local child who has a life threatening medical condition.
By purchasing a duck today you will help us reach this goal to grant a wish made on a falling pumpkin by a local child in need. Click here to buy a duck online:
So even if you aren't local, you can help support the cause with the purchase of a duck for $10, $15 or $20. Although the winning 'owner' receives a gift basket from Bauman Farms every month for the next year, it's of course more about the spirit of the cause than the prize (which I'm just guessing could probably be donated to a worthy person or organization locally if the winner is not located in Oregon). I wish Bauman Farms all the best with this event and for getting involved in such a worthy cause.
Since this is a Make-A-Wish Foundation item and we try to tie everything in with the Roloffs, the Roloff family were involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation about a year ago. They were the "wish" of a 13 year old boy from Michigan who has a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy.
Here are some pictures from that day at the Roloffs.