Our 50 Lucky Ducks!

duckWe are grateful and appreciative to all of our supporters and “adoptive parents” who have purchased and “adopted” ducks for The 10th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby and the “Decade of Ducks” celebration!

Congratulations to our fifty (50) “Lucky Ducks” who have adopted six (6) ducks [“Quack Packs”] – or – twenty-four (24) ducks [“A Flock of Ducks”], on behalf of The Sunshine Paddlers team.

These fifty (50) “Lucky Ducks” will receive an exclusive, custom-curated “Decade of Ducks” gift set, compliments of The Huestudio + Company, valued at over $125/each! Gift sets will be mailed and/or hand-delivered on August 6, 2015, depending on confirmed attendance.

  1. Denise Adamson – Quack Pack x 2
  2. Sherry Allen – Quack Pack
  3. Kim Ball – Quack Pack x 2
  4. Christine Barcikowski – Quack Pack x 2 [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  5. Charles Besser – Flock of Ducks!
  6. Lora Biddle – Quack Pack
  7. Roseanne Bodinet – Quack Pack
  8. Lindsay Brown – Quack Pack [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  9. Kimberly Burr – Quack Pack x 2
  10. Curtis Cheshire – Flock of Ducks!
  11. Gail Cheshire – Flock of Ducks! [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  12. Bonnie Czarny – Quack Pack
  13. Eileen Delisle – Quack Pack
  14. Joseph Delisle – Quack Pack
  15. Roberta Dusek – Quack Pack [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  16. Katherine Dusek – Quack Pack
  17. Robert Elliott – Quack Pack
  18. Janice Gilligan – Quack Pack x 2
  19. Anthony Hernandez – Quack Pack [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  20. Kevin Helwig – Quack Pack
  21. Christopher Holke – Quack Pack
  22. Rich Holke – Flock of Ducks! ++ [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  23. William Holke – Flock of Ducks!
  24. Suzanne Jahnke – Quack Pack
  25. John Jordan – Quack Pack
  26. Maggi Kujawa – Quack Pack
  27. Tina Kunze – Quack Pack
  28. Charmain Marroquin – Quack Pack
  29. Deborah Marshall – Quack Pack
  30. Sandy Milton – Quack Pack
  31. John Perkins – Quack Pack x 2 [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  32. Libby Perkins – Quack Pack x 2 [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  33. Sue Rateike – Quack Pack
  34. Wendy Reeder – Quack Pack
  35. Mike + Margaret Romer – Quack Pack
  36. Modesta Sailer – Quack Pack
  37. Kerrie Schneider – Quack Pack
  38. Joe Schlamotz – Flock of Ducks!
  39. Candace Shimkus – Quack Pack
  40. Dorothy Starks – Quack Pack
  41. Joy Sullivan – Flock of Ducks!
  42. Laura Swinehart – Quack Pack
  43. Shannon Thomas – Quack Pack
  44. Venus Tombakoglu – Quack Pack [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  45. Linda Trelford – Quack Pack
  46. Judi Vallejo – Quack Pack
  47. Margaret Vega – Quack Pack
  48. Laurelle Wallace – Quack Pack
  49. Joan Warunek – Quack Pack
  50. Adrienne Wohn – Quack Pack x 2

One (1) complimentary duck adoption was given to all who purchased a team t.shirt. Please visit The Sunshine Paddlers team site to view your single duck adoption.

  1. Ron Antonacci:  1 adoption
  2. Gabriel Bucataru:  3 adoptions
  3. Joanne Calabrese:  1 adoption
  4. Gail Cheshire:  4 adoptions
  5. Sylvia Davis:  1 adoption
  6. Roberta Dusek:  1 adoption
  7. Ophelia Hernandez:  3 adoptions
  8. Sandra Hoadley:  1 adoption
  9. Rich Holke:  1 adoption
  10. Mona Kunio:  1 adoption
  11. John Perkins:  1 adoption
  12. Patience Paisley:  1 adoption
  13. Feonie Tandoc:  1 adoption
  14. Kathleen Young:  1 adoption

There’s still time to join The Sunshine Paddlers team! Sign up + adopt ducks under your favorite team member! We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, August 6, 2015 as we support Special Olympics Illinois!

Current Team Members for The Sunshine Paddlers [current, as of July 22, 2015.]

  • Ron Antonacci – 2015 Sunshine Ambassador*
  • Christine Barcikowski
  • Lindsay Brown
  • Joanne Calabrese
  • Gail Cheshire
  • Roberta Dusek
  • Anthony Hernandez
  • Ophelia Hernandez
  • Rich Holke
  • Jeff Hughes
  • Mary Luzader
  • Libby Perkins
  • John Perkins
  • Penny Thomas
  • Arman Tombakoglu
  • Venous Tombakoglu

june_sun*Our 2015 Sunshine Ambassador

Ron Antonacci is 53 years old and started competing with Special Olympics back in 1976! Throughout the years, he has competed for Gage Park and Marquette Park Special Recreation, located on the southwest side of Chicago. Ron competed in track and field, basketball, softball, and floor hockey, and most recently he has competed in Special Olympic Bowling and Bocce Ball with South Suburban Special Recreation Association located in Tinley Park.

Over Ron’s career he has won 97 total medals [ 37 of them being Gold! ], including numerous participation ribbons.

Ron attended Southwest Community Services Job Training Center Job in Tinley Park, and through their job placement program, he was able to attain a job at Jewel Osco in Frankfort as a utility clerk where he has proudly worked there for 18 years. Ron is very active in the community and well known by everyone.

The Huestudio + Company and The Sunshine Paddlers team is honored to have Ron serve as our 2015 Sunshine Ambassador!

Lucky Ducks!

duckWe are proud to announce our thirty three (33) wonderful donors who have adopted “Quack Packs” or a “Flock of Ducks”, on behalf of The Sunshine Paddlers team. Only seventeen (17) slots are left for this special promotion*, which concludes on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Adopt your ducks now!

*For this special promotion, only fifty (50) Lucky Ducks will receive an exclusive, custom-curated “Decade of Ducks” gift set [for adopting Quack Pack/s and/or Flock of Ducks] from The Huestudio + Company, valued at over $125/each!

Join The Sunshine Paddlers team today and adopt ducks under your favorite team member!

june_sunCONGRATULATIONS!

[ Adoptions as of June 29, 2015] 

  1. Sherry Allen – Quack Pack
  2. Kim Ball – Quack Pack x 2
  3. Christine Barcikowski – Quack Pack x 2 [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  4. Charles Besser – Flock of Ducks!
  5. Lora Biddle – Quack Pack
  6. Roseanne Bodinet – Quack Pack
  7. Curtis Cheshire – Flock of Ducks!
  8. Gail Cheshire – Quack Pack [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  9. Bonnie Czarny – Quack Pack
  10. Eileen Delisle – Quack Pack
  11. Joseph Delisle – Quack Pack
  12. Roberta Dusek – Quack Pack [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  13. Robert Elliott – Quack Pack
  14. Kevin Helwig – Quack Pack
  15. Rich Holke -Flock of Ducks! [Sunshine Paddler Team Member]
  16. William Holke – Flock of Ducks!
  17. John Jordan – Quack Pack
  18. Maggi Kujawa – Quack Pack
  19. Charmain Marroquin – Quack Pack
  20. Sandy Milton – Quack Pack
  21. Sue Rateike – Quack Pack
  22. Wendy Reeder – Quack Pack
  23. Modesta Sailer – Quack Pack
  24. Kerrie Schneider – Quack Pack
  25. Candace Shimkus – Quack Pack
  26. Dorothy Starks – Quack Pack
  27. Laura Swinehart – Quack Pack
  28. Linda Trelford – Quack Pack
  29. Judi Vallejo – Quack Pack
  30. Margaret Vega – Quack Pack
  31. Laurelle Wallace – Quack Pack
  32. Joan Warenek – Quack Pack
  33. Adrienne Wohn – Quack Pack x 2

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Current Team Members for The Sunshine Paddlers [current, as of June 29, 2015.]

Ron Antonacci – 2015 Sunshine Ambassador*

Christine Barcikowski

Gail Cheshire

Roberta Dusek

Rich Holke

Jeff Hughes

Mary Luzader

Arman Tombakoglu

Venous Tombakoglu

Purchase a colorful, tagless t.shirt today to join The Sunshine Paddlers team and be a part of “A Decade of Ducks” festive celebration in downtown Chicago on Thursday, August 6, 2015! All who purchase a “Be Happy!” t.shirt will also receive one (1) yellow duck adoption, compliments of The Huestudio + Company.

This exclusive t.shirt directly supports Countryside Association for People with Disabilities, honoring The 10th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby for Special Olympics Illinois, a 2015 preferred charitable partner.

Purchase now!

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*Our 2015 Sunshine Ambassador

Ron Antonacci is 53 years old and started competing with Special Olympics back in 1976! Throughout the years, he has competed for Gage Park and Marquette Park Special Recreation, located on the southwest side of Chicago. Ron competed in track and field, basketball, softball, and floor hockey, and most recently he has competed in Special Olympic Bowling and Bocce Ball with South Suburban Special Recreation Association located in Tinley Park.

Over Ron’s career he has won 97 total medals [ 37 of them being Gold! ], including numerous participation ribbons.

Ron attended Southwest Community Services Job Training Center Job in Tinley Park, and through their job placement program, he was able to attain a job at Jewel Osco in Frankfort as a utility clerk where he has proudly worked there for 18 years.

Ron is very active in the community and well known by everyone.

The Huestudio + Company and The Sunshine Paddlers team is honored to have Ron serve as our 2015 Sunshine Ambassador!

 

Smiles of Sunshine

june_sunFor the third year in a row, The Huestudio + Company and its corporate team, The Sunshine Paddlers, sponsored The 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby for Special Olympics Illinois on Thursday, August 7, 2014!

michaelcourier-logoBelow, are professional photographs by Michael Courier, a preferred partner! Delight in the joy and happiness in all of these terrific images!

michaelcourier-huederby-2285-7x5Balloons by Tommy, a preferred partner, provided the fun and festive balloons! Team members of The Sunshine Paddlers “surprised and delighted” spectators with over 100 yellow, “Happy! – kissed” balloons!

michaelcourier-huederby-2422-7x5Jillian Thomas, dressed in bright Sunshine Yellow attire + blue and yellow ‘fireworks’ balloons by Balloons by Tommy!

michaelcourier-huederby-2458-7x5Practicing for our mega flashmob dance to “Happy!”, by Pharrell Williams.

michaelcourier-huederby-2467-7x5The Chicago Cubs mascot, “Clark”, stopped by to cheer The Sunshine Paddlers on! Over 100 + dancers joined for our mega flashmob dance on the Plaza, directly across from the famed Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago!

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michaelcourier-huederby-2511-7x5Lujean Berry, dressed in her “Be Happy!” t.shirt from Ink 4 Your Soul, a preferred partner, and Derby-style hat!

michaelcourier-huederby-2553-7x5Southpaw, The Chicago White Sox mascot, stopped by for a team photograph with The Sunshine Paddlers!

michaelcourier-huederby-2585-7x5Benny the Bull, The Chicago Bulls mascot, was initially reluctant to be photographed, but graciously indulged our team in a fun, festive manner!

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michaelcourier-huederby-2616-7x5The wonderful team of Swirlz Cupcakes, a preferred partner, delighted spectators with delicious mini-cupcakes!

We love and adore Dana, Paula, Alex and Pam!  xoxo

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michaelcourier-huederby-2658-7x5Lujean Berry + Kate Vilatuya!

michaelcourier-huederby-2716-7x5The Sunshine Paddlers pictured here with a Special Olympics Illinois athlete. Proceeds from The 9th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby directly supports the nearly 21,500 athletes and over 18,500 Young Athletes across Illinois.

michaelcourier-huederby-2703-7x5The fabulous ladies of Swirlz Cupcakes, a preferred partner!

Thank you Alex, Dana + Pam!  xoxo

michaelcourier-huederby-2722-7x5Adorable [not to mention, incredibly delicious] sunshine + ducky-branded [The Sunshine Paddlers] mini-cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes, a preferred partner!

michaelcourier-huederby-2806-7x5Pam Rose, a partner of Swirlz Cupcakes, serving mini-cupcakes to hungry spectators!

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michaelcourier-huederby-2739-7x5The one and only, Penny Thomas!  xoxo

michaelcourier-huederby-2765-7x5Be Happy!

michaelcourier-huederby-2994-7x5Our mega flashmob dance to “Happy!” by Pharrell Williams promptly started at 12:15 pm to the delight and enjoyment of all spectators and guests!

Our over 100 + dancers can now say they were part of a flashmob dance on famed Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago!

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michaelcourier-huederby-3025-6x4The Sunshine Paddlers Team!

michaelcourier-huederby-3102-7x5Thanks to Balloons by Tommy for the fun, festive and very Happy! colorful balloons! We love their work and creativity!

Thank you Tommy + Scott!

michaelcourier-huederby-3280-7x5Over 60,000 yellow rubber ducks were dumped from The Columbus Drive bridge in downtown Chicago!

Ducks then “swam” to The Michigan Avenue bridge!

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