The Hawaii Ducks succeeded in raising $16,000 at the annual Ducks on the Beach event for scholarships benefiting UO students.

Ducks on the Beach

By UO student Lili Wagner

Oregon alumni and friends gathered February 26 for the annual Ducks on the Beach event, an auction and scholarship fundraiser hosted by the University of Oregon Alumni Association Hawaii Ducks chapter.

Entering its twelfth year, Ducks on the Beach faced an exciting challenge: surpassing last year’s impressive $10,000 fundraising achievement.

Luckily, the event is an easy draw. In addition to supporting a great cause, Ducks at the event enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from Waialae Country Club, great food and drinks, and silent and live auctions—not to mention, one another’s company.

The prizes from the silent and live auctions were enough to impress any Duck football fan. Among the coveted items were a game ball signed by 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, BS '14, a game helmet worn and signed by 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year DeForest Buckner, BA '15, and a “Coach for the Day” package granting exclusive access to football practices, position meetings, and training table meetings for one day.

In addition to the auction's festivities, this year’s event also featured special guest speaker Jeff Hawkins, football support staff and senior associate athletics director, who spoke about the planned Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center.

The proceeds from the silent and live auctions go toward the Duane Cargill Memorial Scholarship fund, named for former human development and performance student Duane Cargill.

Matt Moore, BS '07, president of the Hawaii Ducks chapter, said, “The scholarships are $3,000 each and we typically provide three to five on any given year. Whatever we don’t give out as scholarships goes back to support the chapter and grow our endowment fund. We hope that one day our endowment fund will be able to provide annual scholarships that are self-sustaining, year after year.”

Current recipients of the Duane Cargill Memorial Scholarship include freshmen Cloe Adams (Kihei Charter School), Tiana Bautista (Maui High School), Ariel Sax (Le Jardin Academy), and Nathaniel Sichter (Le Jardin Academy).

As the event came to a close, Ducks dispersed into the warm Hawaii night, happy to be bringing home auction prizes and knowing they were successful in their goal, succeeding last year’s event with an amazing effort—$16,000 added to the Duane Cargill Memorial Scholarship fund to support future Ducks.

“Our spirit and dedication are unparalleled," Moore said. "We love our Ducks out here in Hawaii.”

At Ducks on the Beach, it certainly shows.