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Nonprofit Leadership Alliance ‘Ducks on the Wabash' set for Oct. 19

September 23, 2013

Fundraiser is sponsored by Heinl's Flower Shop and Vonda's Garden Studio

Indiana State University's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student club is partnering with Heinl's Flower Shop and Vonda's Garden Studio to host its signature event, "Ducks on the Wabash" rubber duck derby, Oct. 19 at Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute.

The event will take place at noon on the Wabash River in conjunction with the 2013 Year of the River. The top five finishers will be able to choose from five prizes including an airboat ride for eight from Joe's Airboat Ride or a piece of art from local artists.

Ducks can be purchased through Oct. 16 directly from an NLA student club member, at Heinl's Flower Shop at Seventh and Walnut streets or at the Vigo County Library Learning Day on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.-noon. Order forms and money may also be sent to:

Nathan A. Schaumleffel, Arena C-09, Indiana State University,Terre Haute IN, 47809

All checks should be made to Indiana State University.

Ducks can be purchased for as little $5. Other purchasing levels are available and can be found at

Proceeds from the event will help send Indiana State University NLA student club members to attend the Alliance Management/Leadership Institute in January.

Heinl's owner Vonda Monts said that the flower shop wanted to make a contribution to the community in honor of the business' 150th anniversary. By sponsoring an event that will help send Indiana State NLA students to the national institute, they are helping multiple nonprofit organizations in the Wabash Valley, she said.

"Ducks on the Wabash" has been sanctioned by the Indiana Gaming Commission's Charitable Gaming Division.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating, preparing and certifying professionals to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations.

The NLA chapter at Indiana State serves a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the Wabash Valley through volunteer service and internships. It was named the 2013 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Sprint Campus Partner of the Year.

Contact: Nathan Schaumleffel, associate professor, kinesiology, recreation and sport and campus director, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Indiana State University, 812-237 or

Writer: Emily Sturgess, media relations assistant Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773 or esturgess@indstate.edur