Ducks on the Beach scholarship fundraiser brings in $10,000

More than 180 Ducks attended Ducks on the Beach in 2015, raising approximately $10,000 for the Duane Cargill Memorial Scholarship Fund. (Photo: Craig Furuya ’96)

When holding an annual fundraiser, it’s likely no UOAA chapter has it better than the Hawaii Ducks: Ducks on the Beach, now in its eleventh year, is held at Honolulu’s Waialae Country Club, which has a golf course overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

UO Director of Donor Relations Carlyn
Schreck ’95, Barbara Cargill ’62, Trina
McKenzie, Brandon Kamigaki ’05, Mary Ann
Jim ’63, Sally Jean Flinn ’63. (Photo: Bodie
Collins/MidWeek)

Little wonder then that more than 180 Ducks attended this year, for a night of celebration that saw approximately $10,000 raised for the scholarship fund.

“The event has changed a lot over the past few years,” said Hawaii Ducks president Craig Furuya ’96. “We have seen dramatic increases in attendance, silent auction donations, and overall fundraising. There are several factors that can be attributed to this growth. Our chapter has done an exceptional job at outreach with alumni, awareness from UO, and the success of our athletics programs.”

The event is organized each year by Barbara Cargill ’62, and the proceeds from the silent auction go toward the Duane Cargill Memorial Scholarship fund, named for her late husband. The five recipients of the Hawaii Ducks scholarship this year are Kellen Kadooka (psychology), Chelsey Keoho (general science), Taylor Oyama (digital arts), Sulley Schuster (environmental studies), and Mariah Victor (undeclared).

Craig Furuya ’96, Louise De Kluyver ’71,
Lundquist College of Business Dean Kees De
Kluyver ’70, MBA ’71. (Photo: Bodie Collins/
MidWeek)

“We had everything from Duck Jell-O mold trays to hotel stays and high-end silk clothing from a local designer,” said Furuya. “There was a ton of Duck gear, but we've tried to diversify our auction items so there is something for everyone.”

This year’s guest speaker was Lundquist College of Business Dean Kees de Kluyver, and the event also doubled as the Hawaiian introduction of the new University of Oregon campaign. UOAA members received discounted admission to the event, and attendees enjoyed appetizers and drinks in addition to the ever-popular auction.

“Everyone was thrilled with the success of the event,” said Furuya. “Our chapter board puts in a lot of hard work to plan and execute Ducks on the Beach. It's nice reward to see that work translate into a large crowd, positive feedback, and funds for us to continue to provide scholarships and events for Hawaii Ducks.”