PIC’s Manglona wins $2,500 in rubber duck race
Takumi Sugie and Pacific Islands Club Saipan took home the grand prizes in Saturday’s 7th Annual Duck Race.
Sugie bested 22 other swimmers to take home PIC’s human duck race trophy for his sponsor, Saipan International School, and the grand prize of four corporate memberships to PIC for three months, while Kento Akimura and Kaito Yanai finished second and third, respectively.
“I am very happy and thankful to SIS and our teachers and principals for giving me a chance to join in the race,” Sugie said.
SIS headmaster Tim S. Bray said SIS sponsored Sugie and Victoria Chentsova for the duck race this year as the school supports the causes that PIC fundraises for.
“We entered because it is a really good cause for cancer and I have a lot of cancer survivors in my family and so it seems like a nice way for us to help the community and I am very proud and hopefully next year we will keep the trophy again,” Bray said.
PIC sports, entertainment and activities director Glenn Policare said a total of 24 teams signed up for the human duck race but only 23 showed up.
Aside from SIS, the other sponsors that fielded teams for the human duck race were DFS/T Galleria with seven swimmers, Saipan Swim Club with four swimmers, Trench Tech, FISG, and PIC Saipan SEA Department, which registered two swimmers each; and Island Apparel, KKMP, American Red Cross, Saipan Ice & Water, and Calvo’s Insurance, with one swimmer each.
For the rubber duck race, all 2,500 ducks were sold. According to Policare, PIC Magellan waitress Dana Manglona won the $2,500 grand prize with her winning duck number 142.
Policare noted that Manglona bought two ducks out of the 2,500 that were sold and that she will be happy with the news when she receives her prize today, Monday.
Other winners include Mildred Camacho in second place with duck No. 77; Richil Pizarro in third place with duck No. 1,862; and Frank Seo in fourth place with duck No. 1,944.
“Everyone just came out today and PIC is glad for the overwhelming support from the community and I love the fact that we had a couple of hundred people showing up,” Policare said.
Policare said they raised over $8,000 from the event. Proceeds will be donated to the Commonwealth Cancer Association. PIC has raised more than $30,000 over the past six years for its annual Duck Race to help fight cancer in the CNMI.